BOY NEARLY LOSES ARM IN FREAK ACCIDENT
4-year-old’s jacket gets pulled into m-cycle’s sprocket during incident
AROUTINE trip to buy food at a mamak restaurant turned into a nightmare when a 4year-old boy almost lost his left arm on Sunday.
Muhd Qayyuum Sabri was riding pillion with his mother, Azizah Awang, 44 to the restaurant near their house at Jalan Simpang Kuala here when his arm had suddenly got stuck in the motorcycle sprocket in the 1.30pm incident.
Qayyuum is being treated for broken bones on the shoulder and arm at Sultanah Bahiyyah Hospital here.
According to the single mother, the doctor had conducted surgery to insert two metal rods into her son’s arm about 3am yesterday.
As for his broken shoulder, Azizah said the doctor needed to monitor Qayyuum’s condition, including his nervous system before conducting further treatment.
“It is learnt that a number of veins in the left arm were severed when it got stuck in the sprocket.
“The doctor is monitoring Qayyuum’s nervous system and it is feared that his hand might have to be amputated if it becomes infected.
“I should never had let him ride pillion. I should’ve put him in front of me as always.”
Recounting the ordeal, she said Qayyuum, who is the youngest of seven siblings, begged to wear an oversized jacket which belongs to his 23-year-old brother before they left their house in the afternoon.
While riding towards the restaurant, which is about 200m from their house to get her son’s favourite food nasi kandar, Qayyum’s oversized jacket got caught in the sprocket together with his arm.
“I did not realise that my son’s arm was pulled into the sprocket. I stopped the motorcycle as soon as I felt the vehicle was jerking.
“Had I continued riding my son could’ve have lost his arm.
“Words cannot described how I felt when I saw my son soaked in blood with his left arm almost severed and bones visible.”
The incident was recorded on a dashboard camera of a car traveling behind the motorcycle.
The car driver and several other people were seen rushing out to help the boy.
Azizah Awang with her son, Muhd Qayyuum Sabri, at Sultanah Bahiyyah Hospital in Alor Star yesterday.