Stevenage teenager lucky to be alive after horror crossbow accident
A TEENAGER has told how he is lucky to be alive after a crossbow bolt accidentally fired into his face.
Lewis Tavernier, of Archer Road, Stevenage, was sitting in a friend’s room organising a holiday when an eight-inch bolt flew into his cheek.
The 17-year-old said he and two friends were about to shoot at targets in the garden and had left the crossbow – with a bolt loaded – on a desk with the safety on.
“It just went off – I didn’t really feel it go in as it was so quick and powerful,” said Lewis, who is a sixth form student at Marriotts School in the town.
“I said ‘mate, is there an arrow in my face?’ I wasn’t in much pain but I couldn’t believe what had happened, it was so unreal.”
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Lewis was immediately taken to Lister Hospital where he underwent surgery, later learning that the bolt had been lodged around three inches into his face, puncturing a muscle and fracturing his cheekbone in the process.
“I went into hospital on the Friday night and by Saturday I was back home,” said Lewis.
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“It was just a whirlwind. If it was any lower I wouldn’t have been able to talk again and if it was 2mm higher I wouldn’t be alive. I was very lucky.”
“It aches every now and again but I don’t really notice it. At first I couldn’t open my mouth that much but after that it has been the same as normal,” he said.
A semi-professional magician, Lewis added: “I tend to do close-up magic, so things like cards, coins and rope tricks. I’ll definitely be staying away from any mediaeval weaponry for my act.”