A six-year-old girl was nearly blinded by a metal hook when she reached for a shirt in a supermarket.
Little Cecilia Chan pierced her eye socket on a metal rack and part of her eyelid was torn off during the horror incident.
The youngster was with her grandmother when she picked up a shirt and lost her balance at a Kmart store in Sydney, Australia. Nine News Reports.
A month earlier and also in Sydney, five-year-old Saad caught his eye on a metal hook while shopping with his mom and sister at a Target store in April.
Both retail giants have been forced to implement security changes in their Australian stores following the incidents.
Little Saad was initially blinded and required nearly two hours of reconstructive surgery to repair his tear duct that had ruptured in the accident.
His parents say it is fortunate that their son did not lose his eye when he collided with the end of a clothes rack and the metal hook got stuck in his eye.
Father Adnan told Nine News, “My son’s toy fell to the floor and when he went down to pick it up, the hook went into his eye.
He started screaming so my wife tried to pull him out.
It tore his eyelid, and when she pulled it out, there was blood all over. And she also started to scream. ‘
After reviewing Cecilia’s accident, Kmart Australia has considered several options for improving the “garment arm” hook the company uses across the company, a spokesman said.
The company plans to put plastic covers on all of these arm hooks early next year after a successful trial in some of its stores.
Target, which is owned by the same company Wesfarmers, will also introduce the arm hook safety covers.
The nationwide rollout includes approximately 1.2 million caps for each coat hook at Kmart stores and 900,000 caps for Target stores.
Cecilia’s mother Jill Huang said she was happy with plans to improve store safety in Kmart and Target stores.
But she is upset that the changes were not made sooner to avoid her daughter’s traumatic injuries that left her family heartbroken.
Jill said, “They are doing the right thing. What I want now is that no other kids get hurt like Cecilia.
“If they had made those changes earlier, Cecilia would not have been injured.
“It was very scary and Cecilia was in a lot of pain. We were heartbroken.”
Little Cecilia’s eye has recovered well, according to her mother, but looks noticeably different from her other eye.
She also has a scar on her eyelid.