5 Year old boy gets his hand ripped off while jump rope wrapped around his wrist gets caught in passing car
A five-year-old boy had his hand ripped off in a freak accident involving a skipping rope and a car. The child, from Rockland, Maine, was sitting in the back seat of a car with one end of the rope wrapped around his wrist and the other dangled out the window, while his grandmother was driving on Tuesday. As another vehicle drove by, the rope got caught and, as it drove away, the jumping rope severed the young boy’s hand. A passer by stopped to help the stricken youngster, identified by his first name Noah, who was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery. Doctors in Boston attempted to re-attach the severed hand but it is not known if the operation was a success. Police have not named the boy but took the unusual step of posting a message on their Facebook page, asking for the passer by who helped in the aftermath of the accident to come forward. The message was posted on behalf of the injured boy’s family and said: ‘During the tragic accident involving a young boy on Tuesday night, a woman stopped to medically assist the police before EMS arrived. ‘The woman’s assistance was appreciated more than the family or police can express. Unfortunately, we are unsure of the woman’s identity and we, along with the family, would very much like to talk to her and express our appreciation. If you are this woman and read this, or you can assist in identifying the heaven sent woman, please contact the Rockland Police Dept.’ The child’s grandmother, Sharon Setz, also appealed for the mystery woman to make herself known, adding that her grandson had been bleeding profusely after the horrific accident. This woman is most certainly the reason my grandson is alive today…he was bleeding to death right in front of my eyes and I did not know what to do Ms Setz wrote on Facebook.
He would have bled out before the ambulance got there. I need to find her and appreciate any assistance with that.’ Ms Setz thanked a second woman who she said jumped out of a vehicle and grabbed the hand before it was driven over by a passing car. ‘She got out and found the hand, kept it from being mangled by a passing car, and found a motorist to give her a blanket to wrap it in,’ the grandmother wrote in the post. ‘When the EMTs arrived she had it already to go on the ice…increased his chances exponentially. These women may not want public recognition but there are no words for how grateful our entire family is. Most especially me.’ After the accident, the boy was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and later to Massachusetts General in Boston for surgery. He had to be driven to Boston by ambulance because poor weather meant an air ambulance could not be used.