Staff Reporter

Hair, left hand get pulled into sugarcane crusher

She was washing glasses when her hair got struck in the crusherMachine peels off skin over her head, crushes hand till the elbow

HYDERABAD: Tragedy struck a sugarcane juice vendor's 13-year-old daughter when she lost her left hand after it got crushed in the roadside cane crushing machine accidentally on Saturday.

Sunitha, 13, was selling the juice when her parents -- Anjaiah and Venkatamma -- went to buy groceries around 4 p.m. on the roadside near Ravindra Bharati. She was cleaning glasses when her hair got stuck between the two wheels of the crusher.

Even before she realised what had happened and could react, the strands of hair got pulled into the wheels of the crushing machine running on power. "I was busy with my business when I heard the piercing voice of the girl for help and dashed to her rescue only to see the gory scene," a shocked roadside coconut vendor Satyanarayana said.

By the time he and other passers-by rushed to rescue her, the machine peeled off the entire skin over her head. "In that traumatising pain, the innocent kid tried to stop the crusher with her left hand but that got crushed till the elbow," locals said.

The locals too could not rescue the girl immediately as her limb and hairs got stuck in the machine. First, they switched off the power supply to the machine and then removed it part by part to set the girl free. By then, she fell unconscious having bled profusely.

She was initially admitted to a nearby corporate hospital and then shifted to the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) where doctors said her condition was critical.