A freak classroom accident has left a little boy from Victoria with a traumatic brain injury, the extent of which still unknown.

Xavier Baker was just like any other typical six-year-old. Described as a fun-loving boy who adored Pokemon, footy and gaming with his brother.


But that all came to a horrifying end last month, after he tripped while holding a pencil in the classroom.

“I got a call from school that Xavier had hurt himself,” Xavier’s mum Melissa told 7News.


The pencil pierced the six-year-old’s eyeball, and his brain, causing a bleed and a stroke. A clot then formed and caused another stroke leaving his frontal lobe damaged. Xavier has been in intensive care since the March 14 accident, in a coma.

“He was meant to start playing football and basketball this year and now that’s been taken away.”

While his condition is improving, just what Xavier’s recovery will look like is still not known.

“How long’s a piece of string, we have no idea,” Melissa said. “No one knows how deep the damage goes inside the brain.

“He’s fighting every single day, and we’re just so proud of him still wanting to be here.”


A gofundme has been set up to help ease the financial burden on the family, which includes Melissa’s husband Allan and their three other children, Kimberly, Drew and Aiden.

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  • Wish him a speedy and safe recovery. Very sad indeed.


  • It just goes to show that something so innocent can cause such a dramatic injury. My prayers go out to the family and I pray that Xavier gets better. I’m sure his siblings just want their brother back home as soon as possible.


  • How quickly people’s lives can turn upside down. I hope he makes a strong recovery .


  • Oh wow that is just terrible. Poor little Xavier I wish him and the family a speedy recovery and hope it all goes well for them.


  • That’s absolutely horrible! It’s hard to believe something so harmless could alter someone’s life like that!


  • Oh that poor little boy. Wishing him a speedy recovery and sending love.


  • This is an absolute tragedy and so heartbreaking for this family. I wish them all the best.


  • Oh my goodness, this was a very sad story to read, this poor boy and his family. I hope he recovers and will get the opportunity to one day play football and basketball like he had wanted.


  • This was hard to even read. I hope he makes a full recovery. It must have been very traumatic for all concerned.


  • Every good wish for recovery.


  • How scary !! Thank God he didn’t die. Praying for full recovery

    • It remind me of an incident when I worked as a psychiatric nurse. We once had a teenage client who attempted to commit suicide by piercing a pencil in his eye…


  • Argh that sounds terrible and how scary for the parents and everyone involved.


  • kids they break your heart I wish all the best


  • That’s the kind of accident that is so hard to prevent. My sympathies to them.


  • Poor boy. Not really a classroom injury though, kids run and fall while carrying things they shouldnt all the time.

    • you can’t be serious !!! of course it’s a classroom injury , he was in a classroom and fell and pencil went through his eye and brain …you’re being very trivial with this horric injury this child has


  • This is so sad to read/ as a teacher things can change so suddenly. Wishes to him and his family


  • Oh this is heartbreaking.. really hope he makes a fast full recovery.


  • This is just devastating to read. What a freak accident. I hope they receive generous donations to cover medical expenses and so the family can spend time with this little trooper.


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