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Youngster loses 3 fingers on kiddie ride

A BABY boy only one year old lost three fingers after his hand was stuck in a kiddie ride like the ones commonly found in front of stores in Pudong on Sunday night.

Doctors confirmed yesterday that his fingers cannot be reconnected even though firefighters carefully wrapped the child's amputated fingers with ice and rushed them to the hospital where the child was being treated.

The accident also exposed a lack of oversight of kiddie rides given that no government agency checks the safety of their maintenance and use, according to a Shanghai Daily investigation.

The accident happened about 8:45pm, police said. The child, who was sitting on a kiddie ride in front of a supermarket in a residential area in Wanggang Town, extended his right hand into the machine. A rescue team soon arrived at the scene and saved the boy. But two of his fingers had already been cut off, apparently by a chain inside the machine, and another finger was seriously injured, police said.

"When the kid was rushed to hospital, the lost fingers had not been found," police said. "The firefighters later cut off the machine and found the fingers."

The boy left the hospital yesterday but lost the two fingers that could not be reattached and a third one removed because of the extent of injuries, police said.

Kiddie rides such as the one at the Pudong residential area are common at supermarkets, convenience stores and restaurants across the city. Children can ride for about three minutes, with sounds from cartoons blaring, for 1 yuan (US$0.16). Local toddlers love them.

"My daughter is so addicted to kiddie rides that she can ride five times a day," a local mother told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

However, such machines are not on the list of play equipment of Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision, according to

An anonymous official told the website that equipment with a speed of at least 2 meters per second or a height of at least 2 meters is regarded as play equipment and will be supervised by their department. That does not include kiddie rides.


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