Injured by addict’s needle - young Carrick-on-Suir boy awaits test results

Young Carrick Swans hurler Shane Waters 9 years old, at home in Ballylynch with his nan Hannah Waters and mum Kelly Ann Waters.
A Carrick-on-Suir mother has warned parents to stop their children entering a field next to her estate after her son was injured by a drug addict’s needle while playing there last week.

A Carrick-on-Suir mother has warned parents to stop their children entering a field next to her estate after her son was injured by a drug addict’s needle while playing there last week.

Nine year-old Shane Waters from No. 4 Ormond Crescent, Ballylynch was playing with friends in the overgrown field bordering the estate, behind the former SRAM factory on the Pill Road last Thursday between 6pm and 6.30pm when the accident occurred.

Now he and his mother Kelly-Ann Waters are enduring an agonising wait for the results of hospital tests for such diseases as HIV and Hepatitis B and C. Kelly-Ann said her “head was wrecked” with worry and fear for Shane’s health.

“We have to wait until this Friday for the first results but we won’t have the full results back for three months,” said the worried mother.

Kelly-Ann said Shane and his friends were playing a game of hunting in the field when he fell on a discarded needle that pierced his skin at the hip. He sustained a large bruise and went home to his mother, who brought him straight to South Tipperary General Hospital where he underwent blood tests.

She found out after the accident that the field was frequented by drug addicts and has reported the matter to the Gardai. Kelly-Ann said she was highlighting her son’s ordeal as a warning to parents to keep their children away from this field.