My girl's finger tip was severed at childcare

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My girl's finger tip was severed at childcare

Postby kittysocks » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:01 am

I am posting this message here with a heavy heart. Words cannot described how painful this is to us parents.... A bad incident happened to my girl, in N2 class at Pat's Schoolhouse Aroozoo last week. I received a phone call from PSH teacher. My girl's right index finger was slammed by the classroom door by another boy. Her finger was bleeding badly. I rushed down to the school and sent her to KK hospital A & E. When the doctor checked her finger, he looked at me with a solemn look and said the injury is rather severe, A fraction of the finger tip was sliced off and he is not sure if there is bone injury, and an X ray is required...At that moment, my tears are welling up and i felt almost like fainting. As the principal passed the severed part of the finger tip, then i realised how severe it was that a part of the flesh was stuck to the door. After 2 hours, the doctor stitched up the flesh on her finger... The doctor's comment after the surgery was that she cannot be a hand model anymore. He said theres a 50-50 chance that the flesh will not survived and her finger will be shorter.....(cry)......Few days later, we did a follow up at KK hospital, and it was a different doctor. She said that the flesh has not survived, and that there's some fracture on the tip bone as well.... And her finger will be deformed in the future.....We were totally devastated and brought her to two hand specialists in the same day, who suggested various forms of reconstructive surgery.

So many questions raced through my mind....how can this happen in a childcare classroom where we entrusted our precious children to them. It is supposed to be a safe environment for the kids to play and learn. It is one of the most expensive childcare in Singapore. What were the teachers doing at the time? How can the school allow this kind of incident to happen? This branch has been operating for one and a half years, why didn't they instal door guards earlier? How can they put my poor child through this kind of pain and trauma?

The reason why i am posting here is to raise the awareness to other parents out there.
1. Please look at the childcare environment and ensure that its child-proofed
2. Interview the teachers to see how comfortable you are with them
3. Talk to the principal You must be comfortable with the principal as well. Is he/she the complacent kind or the type that will seriously take your suggestions/ comments into consideration?

On hindsight, I could have brought my girl to a specialist after the incident. I cant help blaming myself for not doing so. But at that point in time, I was in panic and at a loss, my mind was in a complete blur after seeing the amount of blood on my girl's bandaged finger. The principal suggested to me Tan Tock Seng hospital.....First thing that came to mind was KK hospital which i thought should have the best for children facility (not!!) .....In actual fact, Mt Alvernia was the nearest hospital to the childcare.
So my point is, if you can afford it, go to a private specialist where you will get complete care from one doctor and not various junior doctors in a public hospital.

After this incident, I am having the phobia of sending her to a childcare again.
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Re: My girl's finger tip was severed at childcare

Postby ammonite » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:28 am

Kitty socks,

I am very sorry to hear what happened. I have a lot to say about this, but no time now. The most immediate thing now is choice of doctor and medical fees. Did you pay for insurance when you registered your child? If so, the school group insurance policy should cover any accidents in school, and be able to cover part of your medical fees. Both my sons had to go for minor surgeries for different things, one for hand, one for lip. Both by private doctors, but the results are very different. In any case, check how much you can claim. I paid over 15k for one son and 2k for the other.

All the best.

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Re: My girl's finger tip was severed at childcare

Postby ammonite » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:35 am

Btw, we saw dr who is a specialist in hands and feet. He is good with bones and tendons and was recommended to us by a respected pd. BUT for some reasons, the stitching was very bad. My son did not heal up well. It could be that my son's case was more complicated and took longer than he expected and he had to rush before the GA wore off, but the stitches were very coarse and did not close up at all within the expected time. When the bandages came off accidentally on the day we were supposed to go to his office to remove them, they bled all over again - not a little bit but oozing dripping all over. His receptionist actually screamed when we RAN to his office. My son still has very obvious keloid scars that should not be for young children.

My other son had a plastic surgeon stitched up a cut to his lip. The hospital staff told us we should to make sure the edges are properly done, especially since it was the lip. The stitches were much finer and he healed up very very well.

(edit to remove dr's name)
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Re: Pat's Schoolhouse

Postby smurfy » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:41 am

kittysocks,

i feel really bad about what u and ur girl went through. i really hope that the hand specialist/s is able to do wonders on ur girl's finger. Please be strong in front of your girl.

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Re: My girl's finger tip was severed at childcare

Postby Harlequin » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:43 am

OMG!

Don't they have those cushiony anti-slamming-jam fixed on the doors?!! Thought it's common sense precaution to have all doors fixed with that, how could an established preschool not knowing it??!


My heart goes to you... :hugs:

Best wishes to your DD's speedy recovery. :hugs:

(This is the first time I am gonna advice somebody to take legal action!!!! :mad: :nunchuk: )

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Re: My girl's finger tip was severed at childcare

Postby Jennifer » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:54 am

I am not good with words.

Sharing your pain, hugs.

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Re: My girl's finger tip was severed at childcare

Postby cool_hi » Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:29 pm

Hihi! Am shocked to read your post..feel like crying as I read as I feel your girl's pain & your pain..
To go through this..
Can feel your pain as I myself can't even bear to let my kids fall in my hands..
Try all means to prevent as far as possible.,
So can understand how horrible & helpless u feel..
Hope your girl will get over the incident & hope her wound will heal as well as possible!
Take care!!

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Re: My girl's finger tip was severed at childcare

Postby jatas » Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:44 pm

Sorry to hear about this. The principal is a good administrator but one really need to be comfortable with the principal. A good principal will seriously take one’s suggestions/comments into consideration instead of just executing her duties based on the school guidelines.

Why can’t the school send your girl to the hospital in the first instance instead of waiting for the parent to come?

Did the school applied the common knowledge of icing the severed part at the first instance? If not, have they flopped their duties as caretaker?

Accidents do happen but the reaction to crisis by the care taker is important. Have they failed in their duties? Have they shown their concern to the kid or just cast their responsibilities aside? What is their after accident altitude? Do they suggest any measure of taking extra care of the girl in term of physiological need?

Take care!

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Re: My girl's finger tip was severed at childcare

Postby quixation » Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:59 pm

I share your pain and sadness.. almost in tears...

Please take legal actions and make a report to MCYS or governing body that checks Childcare facilities.

You can sue the centre actually. I do not wish to have any chance of another accident.

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Re: My girl's finger tip was severed at childcare

Postby Spurs123 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:08 pm

Hi Kittysocks,

I think you should take action against the centre. Demand for the CCTV footage. See whether the incident is due to negligence by the teacher.

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