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Wales: I'll fish again to thank those who saved eye; Darren braves return to scene of horrific accident.


A NORTH Wales angler almost blinded when a lead weight smashed into his eye last night said he plans to repay the surgeons who saved his sight.

As revealed by the Daily Post, Darren Williams had a five-hour operation after the fishing weight flew into his face at around 100mph last October.

The machine operator from Acrefair, near Wrexham, is to take part in a charity fishing event to raise money for the hospital where he was treated. Darren will fish for fun but there will be some expensive fishing tackle prizes on offer.

Darren was fishing for carp with brother Paul at the Llyny Gors lake, near Llandegfan, on Anglesey, when the accident happened.

His line became snagged and he flicked the 12ft rod to free it. The line broke free and whipped the lead weight back into his face.

It entered through his left eye pushing the eyeball to the side and smashing the socket before lodging in an air sinus.

Surgeons at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bod-elwyddan, rebuilt Darren's eye socket and managed to save his sight.

Facial surgeon Emma Woolley described the circumstances of the accident, and the fact his eye was saved, as "amazing.

Darren has not fished since but last night blamed work commitments and the weather.

The 34-year-old, who was left with a small scar on his eyelid, said: "I haven't been properly yet.

"It's been a bit cold and I have been working and going to hospital.

"I was back up there at the lake but that was only to make a documentary for Japanese TV.

"It should be all right to go back, I should just get straight back into it.

"It feels important to show my appreciation for what they did at the hospital. What they did was just amazing and I want to raise as much as I can."

Eifion Parry, a member of the Welsh Carp Forum, is organising the Anglesey fundraising weekend, from May 19 to May 21.

Mr Parry, of Wrexham, said: "Darren was very, very lucky. How he never lost his eye we will never know - it was a miracle.

"It was unfortunate it happened to him but we want to give something back for helping save his eye. They acted so quickly."

Anyone wanting to contribute to the fundraising effort can contact Mr Parry on 01978 721047.


The Daily Post broke the astonishing story of how surgeons saved the sight of Darren Williams in October after a lead weight shot into his eye socket at 100mph (above) - now Darren wants to raise money to help the work of the dedicated team at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 11, 2006
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