Friday, August 3, 2012

English Man Has Big Toe Torn Off By Elevator

On March 15th Michael Reddington was out shopping at the West End Arcade in Nottingham, England. It was an average day, until his left foot got stuck in an escalator. The foot was trapped in a gap where the steps of the elevator met the platform at the top.
A man from a barber shop nearby ran over to help and the two men used a screwdriver and Allen wrench to release the panels of the escalator that were trapping his foot. It took firefighters 25 minutes to arrive and free Reddington, who said "Straight away it was agonizing pain. It felt like the front of my foot was going to snap off. The pressure was unbearable and the pain was ridiculous. My foot started to crush and my toe eventually ripped off. I started shouting for someone to press the stop button but there was no one around."
When the elevator finally came to a stop, he thought the injuries to his foot were going to be life-changing. "My toe was gone, there was blood everywhere, there was bone sticking out. There was flesh all over," Reddington said. The two toes next to his big toe were also split in two.
"It was like something out of a horror film. There was blood all over the escalators. People were running off crying and some people nearly fainted. I had never seen anything like it, not on anyone else either, so to have it happen to me was just bizarre," he said.
Firefighters were able to locate his big toe in the escalator but Reddington decided not to have it reattached. "They told me in the hospital I could keep my toe but it could die on my foot and cause gangrene and I could lose my leg, so I told them to throw it out."
Doctors told Reddington he would not be able to walk for six months. But Reddington beat the obstacles and walked on crutches within one month and can now jog slowly. "I'm shocked, the doctors are shocked. I think it's a testament to how the human body can heal itself."
Reddington has returned to work as a sound engineer at a London nightclub. "I will never moonwalk again, but I will get over that. I can laugh about it now because it's such a bizarre thing that happened. I'm quite proud of myself that I've hit back this fast."
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