Story By: John Feng, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report
Video Credit: AsiaWire
This footage shows a boy having fallen off his bicycle and pierced his thigh with a brake handle before crying loudly for his mum as firefighters cut him free with a huge rescue saw.
The freak accident happened in the city of Changsha, capital of Hunan Province, on 15th November while the 11-year-old was riding a shared bicycle belonging to Chinese company Hellobike.
Local resident Ms Zeng recalled: “The chubby boy was riding around alone and lost his balance while turning. He then fell.
“When we went to check on him, his right thigh had been pierced by one of the handles.”
Ms Zeng called the police and helped the boy contacted his family members, with his mum reportedly arriving about 10 minutes later.
Footage taken by the fire service shows rescuers and paramedics at the scene where the frightened boy is howling for his mum.
Firefighters cut the bike’s brake cables and take a huge circular rescue saw to cut off the left brake handle in his right thigh, the video shows.
He was put on a stretcher and taken to First Hospital of Changsha for treatment.
The facility said the child underwent surgery to have the brake handle removed and his wound cleaned. He is not thought to be in any life-threatening condition.
In a statement to local media following the accident, Hellobike said its bicycles can only be registered for use by residents aged 12 or older.
However, parents often rent bikes for their children to bypass the regulation, which is difficult to enforce, the company said.
Hellobike said it would only pay out any accident compensation sought by the family if the bicycle was rented under normal circumstances, and after traffic police determine liability.
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