Photo of 'Child's Severed Finger' at Shanghai Playground Goes Viral

By Urban Family, March 20, 2019

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This article originally appeared on our sister website, Urban Family Shanghai.

By Yuzhou Hu

As the weather warms up, it's the perfect time to take a family outing and explore the city. That being said, tragedies can happen if parents (or authorities) don't pay close attention to possible safety risks.

Last week, a WeChat Moment went viral on the Internet, claiming that part of a child's finger was spotted at Jihuabi Children's Playground (click here to read our feature on the ground). According to the netizen, the finger was severed by broken glass on the slide. "Even 10 thousand children's laughter could not cover a single child's suffering," wrote the netizen.

Image via XUAN_KE_JIONG/WeChat

"It's not a kid's finger as they exaggerated," one of the security guards who works there countered to Xinmin. "It's just a fingernail with some skin attached to it. Also, the fingernail is actually from an adult.”

It turns out that the glass of the slide broke back on March 4, and the new glass would not be ready for two weeks. For inexplicable reasons, the playground did not close the slide, allowing the accident to happen.

Image via XUAN_KE_JIONG/WeChat

According to the security guard, a middle-aged man visited the playground with two kids last Saturday, and used the slide despite having been alerted about the shredded glass. After he was injured, he left without notifying anyone. Other visitors then took his fingernail to be a child’s finger, leading to the viral post.

The playground has now (finally) closed the slide, and has announced that the new glass will be set this Wednesday, and that they will reopen the slide on Friday.

[Cover image via Mandy Tie]

This article was originally published by our sister magazine Urban Family Shanghai. For more articles like this, visit the Urban Family website, or follow the Urban Family WeChat account (ID: urbanfamilyshanghai).

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