Child’s thumb ‘cut off’ in bizarre accident at Broadway Shopping Center

A family was devastated after an escalator ride at a popular mall left their son without his thumb.

A boy lost his thumb in a bizarre accident at the Broadway Shopping Center in Sydney.

Anora Fairchild said her son Lewis’ life was forever changed after taking the escalator at the retail point in Glebe.

She said a protruding piece of metal cut her son’s thumb as he held onto the banister.

“Lewis was crying and he reached out and he was bleeding,” she told Channel 7.

“He ripped out his tendons, he went through the bone – it was cut, it wasn’t a clean job.”

Lewis was rushed to Sydney Children’s Hospital, where doctors spent hours operating. Unfortunately, the damage caused by the escalator was too severe for doctors to reattach the thumb.

“My family has suffered an indescribable amount of heartache,” Fairchild said.

“Lewis will probably live the rest of his life without using his right thumb.

“We could never have imagined that a quick trip to our local mall would be our worst nightmare that we cannot wake up from.”

Lewis, now recovering at home, will need extensive physical therapy and potentially a new operation after the ordeal.

The mall, owned by real estate giant Mirvac, said it was carrying out an “extensive investigation” and had tried to contact the family.

“Our thoughts are with the child and his family, and the health and safety of all our customers and staff remains our highest priority,” a spokesperson for the Mirvac Center on Broadway in Sydney said in a statement.

“We tried to contact the family after the incident.

“We are conducting an extensive investigation into the incident and working with authorities.”

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