COPPERAS COVE (May 8, 2013)—With the help of doctors and an ocular prosthetic specialist, 4-year-old Patrick Bachie of Copperas Cove is recovering from an injury that caused him to lose his eye.
Last year Patrick was playing at his family’s home when he hit his eye on a toy and scratched it, his mother, Kristina Bachie, said.
After multiple surgeries doctors finally had to remove Patrick's eye.
Patrick's mother said she worried about her son after the injury and was concerned for his future.
"I was first thinking no military career, no sports you know none of what you would want your little boy to grow up to play," Bachie said.
Doctors at the McLane Children's Hospital at Scott & White in Temple performed a surgical procedure during which the eye was removed and a shell was left behind, into which an implant shaped like a small ball was placed.
Patrick then was taken to Ocularist John Brinkley at CPO Central Prosthetics in Temple.
Brinkley developed an acrylic cover that matches Patrick’s other blue eye.
In recent months Patrick has been adjusting to the prosthetic eye, and hasn't missed a beat.
The 4-year-old is a very helpful volunteer at The Cove House, a homeless shelter where Patrick's grandparents help out.
Patrick's mother says she's glad his injury hasn't caused him to get sad or feel different than anyone else.
"He's learning that he's lucky he has a whole room full of toys that he doesn't have to worry about not having a place to live," Bachie said.