Illinois boy recovers after fish hook got stuck in eye

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FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) _ An 11-year-old boy from northern Illinois is thankful to be back in school and to be able to read after surgery to remove a fish-hook embedded in his eye during a summer vacation accident.

Phoenix Mordick of Freeport was on vacation with his family in northern Wisconsin in July when the accident happened during a fishing outing.

The boy was flown to a hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

Ophthalmologist Sarah Nehls treated Phoenix. She says he was fortunate that he did not get an infection and that his vision after surgery is 20/20.

Phoenix tells the Rockford Register Star ( ) he’s glad to be back at Dakota Elementary School.

And after recovering he got a second, better vacation to the Grand Canyon. Seeing the canyon, he says, “was awesome.”