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More surgery to save prison guard's eye

AAP logoAAP 17/11/2016 David Sigston

A youth detention centre guard who fears he may lose sight in one eye after being hit by a rock during last week's riot in Townsville has had emergency surgery to reattach the retina.

Grant Oakland, 55, was one of four guards who were injured during the riot at the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre last Thursday.

"The surgery went well and police are now taking his statement," Mr Oakland's sister told AAP.

Mr Oakland, who also had an operation on Friday, will require several more rounds of surgery and while his family remain hopeful he won't lose the eye, it is increasingly unlikely he will regain sight in the eye.

"His eldest son visited him in hospital the other day and said 'when I look at you I don't see a man with a broken eye, I see a man who stayed behind to help his mates'", his sister said.

The state government are set to conduct a review of the youth detention system amid suggestions staff weren't adequately protected.

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