Young boy's horrific wounds after 'teenage yobs hurled fireworks'
Pictured: Young boy who suffered horrific facial injuries after ‘fireworks attack by teenage yobs while he was playing in the park with his friend’
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A shocked father has released horrific photographs of his young son who almost lost his eyesight in a suspected fireworks attack.
Rhydian Guzvic, 41, claims the firework was thrown at his eight-year-old son Bradley, who didn’t realise what it was.
The boys were on their way to their woodland den near their home in Caerphilly, South Wales on Sunday when Bradley’s nine-year-old friend picked up a firework before it went off like a grenade.
The friend was flown to hospital where he has undergone two operations to save his fingers and is now facing a third op on Thursday. Bradley was taken to hospital with ‘shrapnel’ injuries. He was discharged on Wednesday, but is still in a state of shock.
Police are investigating the incident in the village, after locals claimed that three teenage boys hurled the firework.
Bradley (pictured) was taken to hospital with ‘shrapnel’ injuries and is still in a state of shock
Father Rhydian Guzvic, 41, claims the firework was thrown at his eight-year-old son Bradley (pictured) who didn’t realise what it was
Mr Guzvic, 41, said: ‘Bradley’s friend picked it up, not realising what it was, and the whole thing has just gone off. I think it was about 10 minutes between the sound of the explosion and somebody noticing these boys. One of the neighbours was looking over the fence and they’ve seen Bradley trying to wake up his friend because they got knocked unconscious.
‘They picked him up and brought him back to Bradley’s mother’s house and that’s when they realised the extent of what’s gone on.’
The second boy was flown to hospital in Bristol while Bradley was taken to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.
Mr Guzvic said: ‘He’s had CT scans, they’ve found shrapnel in wounds across his head and some close to his eye, so it’s quite scary for everybody involved. They are stitching up all they can – he has stitches along the bridge of his nose from eye to eye. He has picked up an infection so he will be coming home on antibiotics.’
‘He’s still in shock. I don’t think it’s sunk in just yet, just the extent of what’s happened.’
Eight-year-old Bradley was taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff on Sunday – he was then discharged on Wednesday
Mr Guzvic added: ‘It’s always the same thing every year. There’s always kids getting injured by fireworks. They just need tighter restrictions – either you need a licence to buy them or a complete ban.’
Plaid Cymru Member of Senedd for South Wales East, Delyth Jewell, has called for a ban on the public sale of fireworks.
The grandmother of Bradley’s friend said on social media: ‘My beautiful grandson and his little friend were attacked by three teenage boys who thought it would be funny to throw fireworks at them.
‘The fireworks exploded and burnt and torn his little body. He’s a little fighter, love him, and he’s in the best place. He’s having his third operation tomorrow so hope all goes well.’
Superintendent Mike Richards of Gwent Police said: ‘We received a report of a medical emergency in Hengoed Road, Hengoed, at around 2.15pm on Sunday 1 October.
‘Two boys, aged eight and nine, are receiving treatment in hospital for injuries believed to be linked to an explosion of a firework. They are both in a stable condition.
‘Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or send us a direct message on social media, quoting log reference 2300332856.’
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