Seth McInnes and his dad, Chris, show off an army teddy bear sent as a gift from Afghanistan.
Seth McInnes and his dad, Chris, show off an army teddy bear sent as a gift from Afghanistan. Stuart Cumming

Frontline troops wish Seth well

A LETTER from the front line has given four-year-old Seth McInnes a boost in spirits during his long recovery from a freak magpie attack.

Sergeant Rebecca Kleid, who is serving in Afghanistan, has sent Seth an army teddy bear and a letter of encouragement after she read about the incident when The Chronicle published a story about it online.

A swooping magpie pecked Seth in the left eyeball as he rode his pushbike through West Creek reserve on September 18.

In her letter, Sgt Kleid said seeing a photo of Seth cuddling his dad Chris in a bed at the Mater Children's Hospital made her sad.

She said her son Jasper had spent seven months in intensive care at the same hospital last year.

"I know the nurses and doctors are really nice but seeing that photo of you and your dad reminded me how all you want to do is go home," the letter read.

Sgt Kleid said she was very happy to see a follow-up article detailing Seth's brave recovery.

"It's fabulous you have such a great spirit Seth; you seem to be tough and strong, just like the soldiers I see every day."

Mr McInnes was moved by the gesture.

"This is absolutely unreal," he said. "All of the support we have had has been really good."

He said surgeons were unable to insert an artificial lens into Seth's eye during a recent operation because it was too damaged.

However, he expects Seth will have contact lenses fitted which will give him some vision in his damaged eye.

Seth now only wears an eye patch when he is playing outside and when he goes to bed.

A Special Day for Seth will be held at the Kearneys Spring Miniature Railway Park tomorrow from 11.30am.

The $5 entry fee will include unlimited rides on the trains and face painting.

There will also be a sausage sizzle and drinks available, with all proceeds to go to Seth's ongoing treatment.

Mr McInnes said all were welcome to enjoy some family fun. "Everyone can see Seth and how he is going."



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