Boyle County Child Recovers After Getting Key Lodged in Eye

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A Boyle County child is considered a miracle by his family after surviving a surviving a horrible accident where a key was lodged in his eye.

20-month-old Nicholas Holderman is like any young boy. He's playful, energetic, and talkative. But on September 2nd, in the blink of an eye, that changed.

"Nicholas fell down and we heard him cry", says father, Chris Holderman.

Chris and Staci Holderman didn't know it at the time, but their son Nicholas, 17 months old at the time, had the key to their car that he had fallen on.

"When I looked at it close I saw the key in his eye", says brother, Isaac Holderman.

"I'll never forget that moment. Nothing can prepare you for something like that", says mother, Staci Holderman.

The key went through his eyelid, into his eye, and to his brain.

"It was a very horrifying sight to see this happen to your baby", says Chris Holderman.

A sight that nobody, including first responders, could have imagined.

"It was pretty horrifying. Not something I ever want to see again", says Boyle County firefighter Chris Coffman.

For six days Nicholas was at UK Hospital with his parents and two brothers, Isaac and Caleb, by his side. They got news his eye was ruptured before another team of specialists looked at it again.

"Fifteen minutes later for another to say nothing was wrong, we knew it was a miracle from the Lord", says Chris Holderman.

More than two months later, Nicholas Holderman has recovered and now considered a miracle to his friends, family, and the Perryville community.

"Everyone will say, which eye is it?" We all grin and look at him and are so thankful and are reminded every day of what a miracle it truly is", says Staci Holderman.

The Holderman family says Nicholas has now fully recovered and has perfect vision.

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