Screaming girl, 6, has her trapped finger severed in ‘horrific’ funfair accident

Every parent’s worst nightmare came true when a day out at the funfair ended in disaster for one little girl.

A group of children were playing on the funhouse at Gilderdyke Funfair, Hull when a six-year-old girl fell on the rotating walkway.

Her finger became trapped between the mechanisms and was severed above the knuckle.

A parent, whose child was on the ride at the same time, witnessed the “horrific” accident, and despite attempts to stop the ride, it was too late.

The mum phoned 999 and attempted to comfort the injured girl and her mum, while others began searching for the severed finger.

Speaking to Hull Live, they said: "It happened as soon as they got on, on the walkway. There were spinning plates and my daughter managed to stay upright, but this little girl, and my friend's daughter, both fell over.

"They could not get up. The two girls were on the same circle, spinning, and my friend suddenly started screaming 'stop the ride' and making cutthroat gestures.

"The little girl was screaming 'my finger, my finger' and the guy on the ride didn't see it at first and we were trying to get his attention.

"We then realised the bone was sticking out. It was horrific."

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People searched for around an hour looking for the severed finger, and although it was found, but it was not thought to have been successfully re-attached.

The injured child's parents took the girl to Hull Royal Infirmary after allegedly being informed there would be a significant wait for an ambulance.

She added: "It has put us off going to Hull Fair, I can't believe how quickly and easily it happened."

The ride was closed for the rest of the week after the accident, which happened on Wednesday, and the fair finished on Friday.

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The accident was the first in 27 years of running the fair in the village, the fair's operator said.

Posting on social media, Terry Atha from Atha's Funfairs sent his best wishes to the child who was injured.

Terry, whose family has been operating funfairs for three generations and is one of Hull Fair's operators, posted: "We at Atha’s funfairs hope and pray the little girl is ok and makes a speedy recovery."

He added: "We all feel for the little girl and the accident was horrible.

"We have been coming to Gilberdyke now for 27 years and nothing like this has ever happened before. It was an accident and unfortunately, accidents still happen."

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