Tot’s fin­ger pain af­ter door slams shut

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Niki Ten­nant

A Wishaw tod­dler was left with the tip of his pinky hang­ing off af­ter trap­ping it on the hinge of his self- clos­ing bed­room door.

Hor­ri­fied mum Gemma Run­dle heard two-year-old Eas­ton’s screams last Satur­day af­ter­noon and rushed to find him sit­ting on his ride-along fire en­gine with his hand trapped in a weighted fire door and blood pour­ing from his fin­ger.

With part­ner Ross Scott’s car in for an MOT, the fran­tic cou­ple phoned for an am­bu­lance and 999 staff ad­vised them to wrap Eas­ton’s hand in a clean cloth and ap­ply pres­sure to the wound to stem the bleed­ing.

Af­ter a 40- minute wait, an am­bu­lance took them to Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal Wishaw where an X- ray con­firmed that there was no dam­age to the bone.

“Blood was still pour­ing out of it,” ex­plained stu­dent Gemma, of Ste­warton Street.

“They put paper stitches on it and wrapped it up like a box­ing glove. They gave him di­amor­phine and told us the only place that was able to deal with an in­jury like that was the Royal Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren in Glas­gow.”

Staff at Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal Wishaw re­ferred the tod­dler to the Sick Kids for plas­tic surgery at 7.30am the fol­low­ing day.

Within half an hour of re­turn­ing home, the pain re­lief had worn off and lit­tle Eas­ton was again cry­ing in pain.

Gemma, who was told that Eas­ton had to fast in ad­vance of surgery, called the hos­pi­tal and was ad­vised to give him Calpol.

“It was aw­ful. I thought I was go­ing to have a ner­vous break­down. I was shak­ing. It was ter­ri­ble,” said mum Gemma, 25.

“He wasn’t un­der­stand­ing what was hap­pen­ing and he didn’t un­der­stand why he couldn’t have any­thing to eat.”

The cou­ple were with their son at the Royal Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren un­til the anaes­thetic was ad­min­is­tered.

Eas­ton was in theatre for half an hour, where sur­geons re­paired his nail bed and reat­tached the tip of his fin­ger.

The cou­ple tried not to draw at­ten­tion to Eas­ton’s dress­ing, and con­tin­ued to give him Calpol for pain and fever.

They will be re­turn­ing to the Royal Hos­pi­tal for Sick Kids to en­able doc­tors to check that the blood flow has re­turned to the tip of his fin­ger.

“They should have kept him in overnight at Wishaw to mon­i­tor the pain. They should never have let him out,” in­sists Gemma.

“I’m re­ally un­happy with the way they went about it and the way they dealt with him. It’s a dis­grace.”

The day af­ter Eas­ton’s op­er­a­tion, ten­ant Gemma con­tacted land­lords Wishaw and District Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion to re­quest safety guards for her flat’s in­te­rior doors to pre­vent them clos­ing au­to­mat­i­cally but she said hous­ing of­fi­cers re­fused on the grounds of fire reg­u­la­tions.

Ross re­moved a small chain mech­a­nism – the part of the hinge that sliced the tip of Eas­ton’s pinky – from Gemma’s flat’s doors to stop them clos­ing au­to­mat­i­cally.

But he claims Wishaw and District Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion or­dered him to re­place them.

“These chains are stay­ing off,” in­sisted Gemma. “I’m not will­ing to risk my two year old’s fin­gers be­ing taken off.”

Niall Gor­don, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Wishaw and District Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, said: ‘The as­so­ci­a­tion are un­able to com­ment on an in­di­vid­ual ten­ants’ cir­cum­stances.

“How­ever, we have made ar­range­ments to in­ves­ti­gate the con­cerns that hh have b been raised. id

“Door closers used in these prop­er­ties meet these build­ing reg­u­la­tions and safety stan­dards and we would stress that they must be left in place to pre­vent the spread of fire.

“We are happy to work with ten­ants to iden­tify pos­si­ble ways of re­duc­ing the risk to chil­dren as­so­ci­ated with doors”.

Dr Jane Burns, NHS La­nark­shire acute di­vi­sional med­i­cal di­rec­tor, said: “We ap­pre­ci­ate this must have been a dis­tress­ing time for Eas­ton and Gemma.

“The type of pro­ce­dure re­quired isn’t car­ried out within La­nark­shire. Our staff carry out a full clin­i­cal assess­ment and pre­scribe the ap­pro­pri­ate pain re­lief. Ar­range­ments are then made with NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde where the pro­ce­dure is car­ried out.

“While we have not re­ceived a for­mal com­plaint, we would like the op­por­tu­nity to speak with Gemma about her ex­pe­ri­ence and we would en­cour­age her to get in con­tact with us di­rectly.”

Blood was pour­ing out. it was ter­ri­ble, I though I was go­ing to have a break­down

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