SYRINGE HELL FOR KIERAN
By DARREN COYNE
KIERAN Davis is far too young to be exposed to the seedy, self-destructive world of drug users.
But the 10-year-old Crystal Creek Public School student now has three fearful months to contemplate that world after stepping on a syringe outside a public toilet in Knox Park, Murwillumbah, on Sunday.
Kieran and his 11-year-old sister Jacqui had raced into the toilets after discovering the toilets at the nearby Sunnyside centre - where they had been shopping with their mother - were closed due to renovation work.
Their mother Bridgette Davis yesterday said Kieran had come out of the toilet and complained he had something stuck in his toe.
Jacqui investigated and pulled the needle from his second toe. "I panicked and Brett my partner said, 'Quick, let's take him to the hospital'," Ms Davis said yesterday. "We saw a nurse there and he took our names and the needle. He said it was definitely a junkie needle.
"The GP said he would have to wait three months to get Kieren's blood checked to see if he'd contracted any disease."
In the meantime, Ms Davis said Kieran would visit his own GP today to undergo a course of booster shots to guard against diseases such as tetanus.
"Now we have to wait to see if my son is infected with anything else," she said. "He's got his whole life in front of him and we have to stay strong.
"We just have to wait and pray that everything goes allright."
Ms Davis had a simple message for the drug users in the park.
"If you're going to do it don't bring it out in public. There are innocent people out there like my son, ske said. "He's a fit healthy little boy, always active and on the go, very happy and high-spirited, but now he's worried.
"He keeps reflecting back to an incident that happened on Home and Away (where a character became ill after a needle-stick injury) and he keeps asking me 'am I going to be alright'.
"I keep saying yeah you'll be okay but it's very alarming."
Ms Davis said the incident was reported to both the police and the Tweed Shire Council early yesterday.
"The police were helpful. They said the park was notorious for those type of activities but they go there and the users just disappear. They have scouts everywhere and they're dealing drugs'.
"It's horrible. These people have no respect or regard for anyone else."