Escalator injures boy

national September 12, 2012 00:00


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A three-year-old boy’s ankle was severely cut by an escalator at a hospital in Khon Kaen – making this the second case of a child being injured by an escalator in the past few days.

The boy was injured last Friday at Srinagarind Hospital, but was only reported yesterday.

Reports said the boy, suffering an eye inflammation, was playing near the escalator while waiting to see a doctor but his left leg ended up getting stuck in it. Hospital staff spent around 20 minutes to free hi leg and doctors worked for hours to attach the boy’s ankle.

However, since he has not yet regained consciousness, doctors are not sure if he will regain use of his ankle.

Phisek Lumphikanont, dean of the Medicine Faculty at Khon Kaen University said the doctors were closely monitoring his condition and the hospital would be responsible for the boy’s treatment. The hospital had already set up a panel to inspect the cause of the accident. There have been no previous accidents with the hospital’s escalator before.

The hospital has blocked people from using the escalator, and some steps have been removed to check if it has any defect.

The faculty will provide the press with more details about the accident today.

In a second similar accident, doctors drained blood from a 12-year-old girl’s brain earlier after she was injured by an escalator at Future Park Rangsit in Pathum Thani on Sunday. The shopping mall has put up “mind your head” signs on escalators at all floors to prevent future accidents.