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Boy cuts off his finger in Birmingham school playground

2013-02-03 19:27:27

A ten-year-old boy was rushed to hospital where he endured five hours of surgery after he lost his finger in a school playground in his lunch break - while he was supposed to be supervised.

Abdullah Naveed managed to scale a 6ft pointed metal fence at Heathlands Primary School in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, to retrieve a football last Monday.

He caught his index finger on his right hand and the tip landed on the other side of the fence.

He will find out tomorrow if his finger has been saved as he is due to have the cast currently covering it taken off at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Abdullah's mum, Kauser, aged 37, fears he may only have an inch left, and, as he is right-handed, this could affect his future career aspirations. The hospital has also offered him therapy.

"Where was the supervision and, if there were supervisors, how did they not spot a boy trying to get a football from a 6ft fence?" asked Kauser, who raced to the school from their home round the corner when she heard Abdullah had been injured.

"It's not just a graze on the knee or a broken bone that can be fixed.

"Are our children being supervised properly at lunchtime?

"Even though I'm heartbroken I have to be strong because I've got a ten-year-old who looks up at me.

"He's a very strong character.

"We were strong because we thought they'd be able to put the finger back on. The plastic surgeons did their best.

"The hospital has offered him therapy because he writes with his right hand. This will affect his future career whatever he decides to do, if he wants to be a surgeon, a doctor or a dentist.

"I'm not blaming anybody. All I want to know is who was supervising him because when we send our kids to school they're in their care.

"When I went for a meeting with the head and deputy head they said they have a rule - 'Don't climb fences'.

"My husband made the point that rules are put in place at school but kids don't obey them - if they did, they wouldn't need adults.

"Kids will break rules." Two of Abdullah's friends lifted him up to get the ball which had landed in a tree above the railing.

Since the accident, Kauser said that Abdullah has told her that he has climbed the fence before.

The mum-of-six also has a nine-year-old son as well as daughters, aged six and five at the school.

They were "distraught" by what happened to their brother, said Kauser, who decided to keep them at home after the accident.

She added: "As a parent I'm entitled to expect precautions are taken."

A school spokesman said: "We reported the incident to the local authority and a health and safety inspector has visited the school to establish that the proper procedures were followed.

"Since the incident we have been in constant contact with the boy's parents and as soon as we have the inspector's feedback we will share it with them.

"Our thoughts, are of course, with him and his family and we will continue to support them fully."

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