Children playing with squirt guns are a common sight this time of year, but Danwei writer Hans Gaebler points us to an article in the East Asia Economy and Trade News (东亚经贸新闻报) on the "hidden danger" these seemingly innocuous toys can pose:
… a five year-old girl, pseudonym Yueyue 悦悦, and a six year-old boy, pseudonym Songsong 嵩嵩, were playing relatively unattended at the foot of their apartment building while Yueyue’s mother chatted with a neighbor at a distance. At approximately six o’clock, Yueyue, whose hands were still oily from eating, reached out to Songsong, dirtying his clothes. In retaliation, Songsong fired at Yueyue with his toy squirt gun, hitting her in the eyes. Yueyue was soon crying inconsolably and her mother, Ms. Zhao, noticed that her daughter’s eyes were red and swollen and immediately whisked her away to the nearby Norman Bethune Hospital Number Two. According to the ophthalmologist who examined Yueyue, the force of the squirt gun had ruptured her cornea, causing severe ocular inflammation and swelling. However, after only a few days of treatment, Yueyue’s condition stabilized.
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