A YOUNG boy is facing months of tests and uncertainty after pricking his toe on a discarded needle in Evesham.
The eight-year-old boy, whom the Journal is not naming, is believed to have stabbed his big toe with a needle left on a verge in Port Street.
The incident has been slammed by drugs recovery workers, who say there is no excuse for discarding needles unsafely.
And the distraught mother of the “happy go lucky” boy is warning other parents to be careful so they never have to go through what her family is facing.
The 38-year-old said: “We were walking past Lansdowne Mews flats in Port Street. He climbed up and ran through the rubbish and onto the grass and then he started crying.
“I said have you stubbed your toe, and he said, ‘no mummy, it’s a needle’. I instantly felt sick. We looked for the needle but we couldn’t find one.”
After looking briefly for the needle the pair immediately rushed to A&E.
“They decided to take his blood and gave him a Hepatitis injection,” she said. “I was going out of my mind.”
The youngster has since had two injections and will have to have a third before he can be tested for any diseases - a process which his mum says could take anything from three to six months.
“I want people to be careful, I don’t want anyone to go through what we have.”
The land where the incident took place has since been scoured for the needle by the police, who say they conduct regular patrols in the area, but nothing has been found.
Jenny Moss, a recovery champion at support service Pathways Evesham, based in Vine Street, says things like this should simply not happen.
“When we give out needles we ask them to be returned,” she said. “The slogan is don’t toss your pin, find the right bin to put it in.”