All bandaged up, Max Phillips sits with his mum Karen after an accident at Boynedale Bush Camp which left his foot cut open by glass. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
All bandaged up, Max Phillips sits with his mum Karen after an accident at Boynedale Bush Camp which left his foot cut open by glass. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

Boy's toe slashed by glass in dam swim near boat ramp

BROKEN glass almost cut Max Phillips' fourth toe off while he was swimming at a dam near a boat ramp.

His family was at the Boynedale Bush Camp at a boat ramp - an area they have visited for more than two years - when they had to make a quick dash to the hospital.

Max was playing with his sister Grace, 5, when he let out a huge scream to his parents Karen and Nathan.

"I knew he had stood on something but I wasn't sure what it was," said Mrs Phillips.

"He screamed at first, then he started hyperventilating; we got him to calm down but he was in shock."

It wasn't until they carried him out of the water that they realised it was broken glass that had almost "cut his toe off".

The glass cut through his tendons and nerves, and left bone fragments in his toe.

Max was taken to the Gladstone Hospital by ambulance, but they were told they would need to go to Rockhampton for surgery.

Surgeons described the injury as a "gaping wound with glass, grass and mud debris".

Now the mother of two wants to warn others who use the area.

She said she was "shocked and disappointed" that someone had thrown glass into the water.

"It's not as if you can clean it up because it's murky water.

"I don't understand why someone would do this.

"It's like someone's just thrown a bottle in the water that's broken," she said.

They are unsure of the long term damage, as his toe is still swollen.

Mrs Phillips has since put a warning sign and danger tape at the area.



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