“MY TODDLER’S ENTIRE HAND WAS BURNED BY BOILING WATER” Dream holiday turns into a nightmare for this Singapore family.
A happy family holiday turned into a nightmare when their toddler was scalded by boiling water and sustained second-degree burns. Her mum shares the horrific experience with EVELINE GAN.
What started as a fun-ﬁlled winter holiday for Kelly Ng (not her real name) and her family ended in a horriﬁc accident – her youngest daughter, Sarah, was badly scalded by boiling water.
The 14-month-old toddler’s burn injuries were so severe that she required a skin graft.
Kelly had made an urgent dash for the toilet that morning after instructing her older daughters, aged ﬁve and three, to keep an eye on their little sister. It was their last day in Taiwan in December last year, and her husband had been busy packing their belongings.
“Barely seconds later, I heard Sarah crying and my older kids screaming away,” the 40-year-old stay-home mum recounts.
It was every parent’s worst nightmare: Sarah had pulled out the cord of the kettle, toppling its contents – steaming boiled water – on her left hand.
Her arm and the rest of her body were, thankfully, spared as they were protected by thick winter clothing.
Panicking, Kelly placed her crying toddler’s swollen hand under cool tap water and got her husband to call the hotel’s front desk for a taxi. By the time they reached the hospital one-and-a-half hours later, blisters had surfaced and “her entire palm and ﬁngers were covered with them. She was crying but there was nothing much we could do”, says Kelly, who left the other kids with their father and grandparents in the hotel room.
The doctors advised admitting Sarah for observation, but Kelly says they decided against it as they hoped to catch a