Shocked tourists at a hugely popular children’s playground have found a bloody finger believed to have been severed off a parent’s hand while he came down a long metal slide.
The shocking find has spooked visitors at the otherwise charming Jihuabi Childrens’ Playground in China’s eastern municipality of Shanghai, which has become a must-see attraction since opening last year.
The severed, partial digit was found inside the lengthy winding metal slide on 16th March as parents took their kids on the slide.
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They alerted park staff who are understood to have removed the severed digit.
A security guard told local media the accident happened the day before when a parent and his two children were riding the slide.
The parent’s hand was apparently caught on a cracked glass panel roughly 16 feet from the slide’s entrance, and flesh was torn off as he slid down the metal tube, the guard claims, adding that the parent took himself to hospital afterwards.
While confirming the incident took place, the children’s playground claims that the severed digit was just a ‘whole fingernail’.
This is despite medical experts cited in local media saying the purported nail is “highly likely” to be an adult’s severed finger.
Further criticism has been laid on park officials who are said to have known about the cracked glass panel as early as 4th March.
However, after scheduling repairs, they apparently decided to keep the slide open, risking injury to both children and their parents, and resulting in the accident that occurred last week.
The slide has since been shut while maintenance work continues.
It is unclear whether the parent will be compensated for the accident or whether the authorities are investigating.