Firefighters search for body parts after girl, 5, severs fingers at playground

Firefighters scampered around a children's playpark looking for the fingertips of a five-year-old girl who got her hands stuck in a carousel ride, badly damaging them.

The youngster was rushed to hospital after severing the top of two of her fingers, as reports state she is undergoing emergency treatment.

The grisly incident took place at around 1.30pm on Monday in Strathfield Park on Homebush Road, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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Emergency services responded to reports of a badly injured child and crew from Burwood Fire Station got there and located the missing finger tips while police, ambulance and council staff tended to the child.

The stricken youngster was taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for emergency treatment.

There is now somewhat of a lockdown on park equipment in the area, according to a statement from the local council given to The Herald.

Council staff reportedly rushed to the scene and denced off the equipment in Strathfield Park, as well as similar equipment in other parks.

“Council is attempting to get in touch with the family to support them through this difficult time, and would like to thank the emergency services who were on the scene,” the spokesperson said.

An investigation by the council is now under way.

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And another child, four-year-old Archer Natoli was also injured on a playground at Bicentennial Park in Chelsea, in Melbourne’s southeast, last month.

However, his injuries came about by way of a territorial magpie who swooped at him, cutting his right ear.

Kingston Council has since cordoned off the playground at Bicentennial Park until the birds are finished nesting, 7 News reported.

The issue is recurring throughout the region, and the country. The Magpie Alert website has recorded more than 1800 attacks across Australia so far in 2022.

As for Archer, he said the attack saddened him. “All of a sudden the maggie just swooped me. I felt sad because it hurt me,” he said of the attack last month.


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