Squirt a load of hurt
We've all heard of glue ear, but what about glue eye?
Herald photographer Mytchall Bransgrove - along with the ambulance crew, and the Timaru Hospital emergency department staff - certainly has.
It started with what should have been a simple repair job on his car and a tube of Super Glue.
Mytchall squeezed the tube, nothing happened. He squeezed again, still nothing. He took a closer look in the half-dark and, you guessed it, the tube co-operated, squirting glue straight into his eye.
"I had a vision of a line of glue coming up towards me. I blinked a couple of times as I ran inside to splash water in my eye."
All the time he was trying to keep his eye open in case the glue should set.
He spent half an hour under the shower trying to wash out the glue. Meanwhile, his father had called the hospital and on its advice rang an ambulance.
Emergency department staff checked his vision, then began flushing the eye to get rid of the burning chemicals.
Confident there was no permanent damage, medical staff sent him home later that night - with a tube of ointment exactly the same shape and size as the offending tube of glue.
"I spent five minutes making sure I had the right tube," he said.
He still has memento - a lump of glue in his eyebrow.
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