A 9-year-old boy faces a “excruciating” wait to see if he has HIV after he pricked his finger with a dirty needle during a day out on the beach.
Clayton Speller buried his hand in the sand in Boscombe, near Bournemouth, and stabbed him with a syringe.
The father, Dan Speller, said his son was taken to the hospital for tests to see if the needle was contaminated and it would take eight weeks for them to get the results.
He said the beach guard was not helping at all and did not even know where the first aid kit was. A rescuer came to rescue the wound and helped clean the wound with a rotten tissue.
“Now we have eight weeks of anxiety,” Speller told the Bournemouth Echo. “They were trying to reassure us that the chances are low.
Since he’s under 18, he’s had hepatitis B and D injections, and we’ll be back in three months for another.
My other two children were worried about their older brother. I’m just crossing over, upset and disappointed. At this point, we still have to wait to see if he has HIV.
The family, who lives in Bournemouth and who frequently visits the beach, says they are “astonished” at how they handled the situation.
A spokesman for the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Paul council denied any involvement in the waterfront team.
Boscombe Beach was a popular destination for many during the summer. Thousands of tourists flocked to the Bournemouth area during the heatwave at the start of August as coronavirus lockdown restrictions eased.
Local residents often complained about the amount of garbage that hikers leave in the day and high levels of anti-social behavior.
A spokesperson for RNLI told Echo: “ Our lifeguards are undergoing required training to prepare them for the many situations they may encounter on the beach.
Water rescues are just one area of their job and they deal with many aspects of casualty care, providing first aid and safety advice to anyone who needs their help. Our lifeguards work hard to ensure everyone who visits the beach can return home safely.
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