Man impaled on railings in Gwersyllt loses sight in one eye

Published date: 02 April 2014 |
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A MAN who suffered horrific injuries in an accident has been told the vision in his right eye cannot be saved.

But Marlon Poole, who was impaled on railings at Gwersyllt railway station near Wrexham in February, said he is determined to remain positive.

Mr Poole, 38, had a meeting with doctors at Wrexham Maelor Hospital yesterday to discuss his right eye.

He said: “Unfortunately, it wasn’t good news. It’s not possible to save the vision.

“But I am certainly staying positive. I know things could have been a lot worse.”

Earlier this week Mr Poole, now of Shotton but formerly of Summerhill, Wrexham, paid a visit to work colleagues at Tata Steelworks in Deeside where he is a dispatch chargehand.

“Losing the sight in my right eye won’t affect my work. I will be able to go back there,” said Mr Poole.

He is hoping to return to work in the next couple of months.

Mr Poole says he is making a strong recovery and stressed the help and support of family and friends was very important to him.

He suffered extensive injuries when a railing spike pierced through his throat and face into his skull.

He was initially taken to the Maelor Hospital and then transferred to a specialist unit in Stoke-on-Trent.

Mr Poole still can not clearly remember what happened leading up to the accident although he does have occasional flashbacks.

When he was discovered on the railway station railings officers from North Wales Police, British Transport Police, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and the Welsh Ambulance Service were all involved in the rescue operation. Firefighters had to use cutting equipment to free him.

Mr Poole added he is due to see a facial surgeon in Stoke-on-Trent in mid-April.

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