Errant arrow injures camper

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OXFORD – A summer camper who was struck in the eye after the arrow he fired bounced back was airlifted to Maine Medical Center in Portland and later taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for treatment by an eye specialist, the camp’s director said Wednesday.

The 9-year-old boy was with seven other campers and two councilors at Kamp Kohut when the accident occurred, said Lisa Tripler, the camp director. Kohut is a traditional summer camp on Thompson Lake that offers two four-week sessions for boys and girls.

Archery is among the activities offered at the camp and the accident occurred on the archery range, Tripler said.

“Because it is an eye injury we are very cautious,” Tripler said.

The camp typically transports injured campers to the local emergency room at Stephens Memorial Hospital for treatment, she said. Tripler said camp staff felt it was better this time to call for help.

Oxford Fire and Rescue responded to the incident, which occurred just after 11 a.m. Fire Capt. John Monahan confirmed the arrow ricocheted off the ground and struck the boy in the eye.

The boy was flown by LifeFlight of Maine to Maine Medical Center in Portland and then driven to Boston, where his parents were expected to meet him, Tripler said.

“I think it’s just one of those things where ordinarily we transport them ourselves but because it was an eye injury, I felt it needed something more immediate,” Tripler said.

She declined to release the child’s name, saying the camp is very protective of the children it serves and didn’t want to embarrass the boy further.

A camp counselor accompanied the boy to Portland and to Boston, Tripler said.

Tripler said she believed the boy is expected to recover from the accident but couldn’t offer any details on the extent of the injury to his eye.

“He’s resting comfortably and getting the best medical attention we can get him,” she said.

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