Earlier this month, while hiking in Canada, a Texas man lost his eye when he was bitten by a tree branch, a report said.
According to The Times Colonist, 67-year-old Edward Steinkamp suffered a severe injury on May 3 after falling from a log while crossing the West Coast Trail in Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia.
The Victoria newspaper said that the branch aeronautical engineer’s left eye went into his brain and he had to be removed with an emergency surgical procedure after being taken to hospital. A second procedure was reportedly done to clear her infection.
Reportedly, Steinkamp was partially blind and was battling infection and inflammation.
Steinkamp’s 28-year-old son Brett was with him when he fell on the stick.
His son said the accident happened when Steinkamp walked over a log to avoid a one-and-a-half foot deep mud.
A fundraising site founded by friend Susan Lowe read, “What started out as a beautiful experience with stunning visuals suddenly turned tragic a few days later when Ed had a strange accident and fell.”
“The cost for this would be enormous, from the airlift rescue and the medics accompanying him, to the brain surgery and necessary drugs, the ambulance ophthalmologist, the CT scan, as well as the long and indefinite ride he would take in the special ward. I also need to be hospitalized [his wife and son] Wendy and Brett have bills for hotel stays.”
Steinkamp is a veteran hiker, his son told the paper, and the fall was a “random freak accident,” he said.