Seven-year-old treated for HIV after falling on needle in Popley

Simone Higgs with her son Mackenzie

Simone Higgs with her son Mackenzie

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A MOTHER faces months of anxiety after her son fell on a carelessly discarded needle.

Seven-year-old Mackenzie Higgs was playing with seven other children from neighbouring houses on a green outside their home in Tortuga Walk, Popley, Basingstoke.

After he jumped near a tree on the green, the Marnel Park Infant School pupil fell on a hypodermic needle that had been left lying on the floor.

The youngster went home to tell his mother Simone, who took him to the hospital.

But the schoolboy and his mother now face an anxious six-month ordeal after being told that Mackenzie needs to return to the hospital for further treatment, and wait for the results of a test for HIV.

Simone told The Gazette: “I took him to the hospital and he had a Hepatitis B vaccination, and he will need to have another one again at one month, two months and six months. With him being seven, he was scared and he said: “Am I going to die?”

“The thought of having to go through this over the next few months makes me sick. I have got to wait for the blood test results to come back.”

The 34-year-old mum was also left disappointed with what she feels was a lack of action from the borough council, as a team only came to check the area three days later after Simone called to report concerns that there might be other needles in the area.

Tim Boschi, head of community services at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, said: “An incident with a child being injured by an needle in a bush in Popley was reported to us, and a member of the team was assigned to go out to investigate.

“But when the resident called back for an update after 30 minutes, she said was going to dispose of the needle appropriately in a clinical sharps box, so we took no further action.

“After a resident raised further concerns about the possibility of other needles being in the same area, our team went out to investigate. As we couldn’t locate the area involved, we spoke to the resident and were directed to the area, but could not find any further needles.”

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12:54pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Jonty11 says...

Can I suggest that rather than shouting at the Council (who seems were advised that the needle had been dealt with, so I'm not surprised they didn't send someone out) that they should be ranting and raving at the idiots who left the needle in a public park in the first place?

If you want to take drugs - it's your body, your choice but don't expect the NHS or the public to pay to pick up the pieces and do it at home and manage the rubbish yourselves!
Can I suggest that rather than shouting at the Council (who seems were advised that the needle had been dealt with, so I'm not surprised they didn't send someone out) that they should be ranting and raving at the idiots who left the needle in a public park in the first place? If you want to take drugs - it's your body, your choice but don't expect the NHS or the public to pay to pick up the pieces and do it at home and manage the rubbish yourselves! Jonty11
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3:25pm Wed 23 Jul 14

laurence86 says...

I cannot count the number of times I have read in the gazette about criminals getting off of petty crime charges because they have an addiction. Prison seems to be the best place for them, they can get clean and members of the public don’t have to face this sort of risk. If this site has been used before there may be more than one needle in the area. People should be able to live their lives free from this menace; those caught should be met by a zero tolerance policy.

This article title is wrong; there is no treatment available for HIV. I really hope that the results come back negative.
I cannot count the number of times I have read in the gazette about criminals getting off of petty crime charges because they have an addiction. Prison seems to be the best place for them, they can get clean and members of the public don’t have to face this sort of risk. If this site has been used before there may be more than one needle in the area. People should be able to live their lives free from this menace; those caught should be met by a zero tolerance policy. This article title is wrong; there is no treatment available for HIV. I really hope that the results come back negative. laurence86
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