An alert maid saved a four-year-old from being handicapped for life by preserving his severed thumb in the fridge. The boy Sudeep (name changed) lost his thumb in the collapsible gate in the lift in his grandparents' apartment house in Kolkata.
Blood started seeping out in bursts and neighbors and relatives rushed the little boy to the hospital forgetting all about the thumb. However an illiterate maid saved the day by placing the torn limb into the freezer.
Dr Manish Mukul Ghosh, who was part of the team that conducted reconstructive surgery on the boy at Columbia Asia Hospital (CAH) lauded the maid's actions, "The right thumb is the most important limb. Ten per cent of the nerves from the brain go here. If the maid had not preserved the thumb, the next option was to use his toe for the reconstruction, which involved more complication and bigger surgery. Losing it would have made him partially handicapped," he said.
The little boy has undergone four surgeries and is expected to regain full function of his thumb in 12 months time.