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Girl loses finger in water slide mishap

TT/Clara Guibourg · 11 Jul 2011, 11:57

Published: 11 Jul 2011 11:57 GMT+02:00

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Bathers at an outdoor swimming pool were enjoying the brilliant sunshine on Sunday when events took a turn for the worse for one young girl enjoying the slide at Boden's Camping in the far north of Sweden.

The three year-old girl was left nursing a painful injury after she lost her finger in her descent.

According to police reports, the girl was halfway down the slide, known as the "Ice Berg", together with one of her parents when her finger got caught on something, and was partially torn off.

The girl was immediately shipped off in an ambulance, but the matter of finding the remains of the finger proved trickier.

"We closed off the entire pool to look for the part of the finger that fell off," Peter Wallin, manager of Boden's Camping, told regional newspaper Norrbottens-Kuriren on Sunday.

The police are currently satisfied that the incident was an accident and have no suspects in the case.

"We have a formal investigation, but there's no suspicion of a crime. If the materials were faulty, no one can be charged for it," said duty officer Anders Calderäng to the newspaper.

The popular slide has been closed down, until the investigation is completed.

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"This is the most severe accident that has occurred by the 'Ice Berg' since its inauguration, and we've had nearly a million rides per year," said Peter Wallin.

The missing finger has since been found and taken to the hospital. However, no information has been released on the girl's condition, or whether the finger has been successfully re-attached.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:39 July 11, 2011 by Scorch
It's not such a big deal to loose a finger as long as it's not the thumb.

I splashed a couple of fingers in an engine a few of years ago. No big deal
19:26 July 11, 2011 by JulieLou40
I suspect the girl and her family will find it IS indeed a big deal, you prat.
20:11 July 11, 2011 by Scorch

Wanna know what I suspect based on my own experiences?

It is stated that is was an accident, so they can't really blame anyone. She'll probably have a surgery, then bandage for a few weeks, then maybe a silicon cover on the finger for better healing. And meanwhile she'll have plenty of time to recover from any trauma and phantom pain. Maybe she'll be a little scared of water slides in the future, but thats only normal.

Since shes so young it will probably heal up nicely and she doesn't have to train up her strength again.

Then they will get pretty heavy cash depending on her insurance (I got almost 50 000 SEK, about 7800 USD)
00:37 July 12, 2011 by J Jack
@ scorch, you really are so tuff... I bet you play guitar with your nose and would gladly perform ballet duets with your elbows knumbskull. Having a 3 year old myself, I would show a bit more compassion and as for your peenie weenie fifty grand? I'd say you had a pretty crappy settlement or your injury wasn't as bad as you say.
08:15 July 12, 2011 by Scorch
@J Jack.

I'm just stating facts. I don't play guitar but even if I did I could get it going without my nose.

Sure I feel sorry for her. But it's not like the end of the world. Learning to live without a finger is easy (sure, if you don't play guitar on world class level). And the finger was only partially ripped off, just like in my own case:

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