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A British reality star lost sight in one eye after it 'got split in half' by a Champagne cork while he was on vacation

Tom Murray , Business Insider US
 Aug 31, 2019, 06:43 PM
The "Love Island" star Theo Campbell.
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  • The British reality-TV star Theo Campbell says he has lost his sight in his right eye after it was hit by a Champagne cork while he was on holiday on the Spanish island of Ibiza.
  • Campbell, who starred in ITV's "Love Island" in 2017, wrote in an Instagram caption that his right eye "got split in half."
  • A witness told OK magazine that someone had popped a bottle of Champagne at a party and that the cork had flown into his eye.
  • On Twitter, the reality star added that he had seven stitches in his eye but didn't want to believe that it was "gone forever."
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The British reality star Theo Campbell suffered what he called a "really unfortunate accident" while on vacation on the Spanish island of Ibiza.

Campbell, who starred in ITV's "Love Island" in 2017, shared a selfie from his hospital bed on Wednesday in which he said he had lost all vision in his right eye after a Champagne cork flew into it.

"So yeah basically 2 eye surgeries later after a really unfortunate accident, I've lost all vision in my right eye as it got split in half," Campbell captioned the post.

"Who would have thought a champagne cork would be the end of me."

Not one to look at the cup half empty, Campbell added: "I still have 1 eye left, looking at the bright side of things."

He went on: "If anyone knows where sells cool eye patches let me know :). #captinhook #thor #fettywap."

The 28-year-old provided more details of the injury on Twitter, writing that he had seven stitches in his eye and that doctors said it was unlikely that he would ever be able to see properly again.

"Im hopeful and don't want to believe my eye is gone forever. Anything is possible," he wrote.

A witness told OK magazine that someone had popped a bottle of Champagne at a party and that the cork flew into Campbell's eye.

"People were screaming when they realized what happened and saw the state of his eye," the witness said. "One of the guys said it looked like his eye had exploded."

Campbell's girlfriend, Kaz Crossley - who starred on "Love Island" the year after him - flew out to Ibiza to visit him in the hospital.

"It's been a hard 24 hours, no one here speaks English and he was taken for hours at one point and I had no clue he was in surgery again," Crossley wrote on her Instagram story.

"I've stayed in his room overnight and just wanna take him home. He's so brave and positive hopefully it will get better. Thanks for your kind messages.

"I hope this will make people aware of the dangers at these parties and to be more careful," she said.

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