A family is suing Qantas after their two-year-old toddler lost part of his finger during a long flight from the Phillippines.

Cameron Dela Cruz’s little finger was mutilated after an entertainment unit fell on his hand as he flew economy with his family from the Philippines on January 14, The Sunday Telegraph reported.

His mother, Natalie Dela Cruz, said the whole episode from Manila to Sydney was ‘very stressful, very traumatic’.

‘The entertainment unit kept falling down, and to entertain a two-year-old you have to try to keep that TV up,’ she said.

‘His hand was on the armrest, and when the unit fell down it cut his finger quite deeply.’

Ms Dela Cruz added the captain continued to Sydney instead of returning to Manila, which meant the boy had to make do with Panadol for another six hours on the flight about an Airbus A330.

‘It felt like the longest, worst flight of my life and we’ve done a lot of flying,’ she said.

The Sydney family have hired Shine Lawyers who argue they are entitled to $200,000 for negligence under the Montreal Convention.

A Qantas spokesman said they were fortunate to have a surgeon on-board and the captain also briefed MedLink who advised that due to the stable condition of the child it would be better to continue to Sydney.

Poor little man. How terrifying for him.

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  • the mother states that the unit kept falling so maybe she should have asked for assistance first of all. the airline should have ensured that these units were attached strongly before every flight so that this situation would not have been possible. Poor kid! i would have expected qantas to have higher standards and to care about their passengers safety


  • Awful thing to happen – in older times there wouldn’t have been a TV to cause the problem. I can understand the parents being unhappy, but a $200,000 lawsuit means all fares will increase forthwith.


  • Just because his physical condition was good enough to survive the flight relatively unscathed doesn’t mean a two year old is emotionally able to get through that pain for that long. And just with panadol! I can’t imagine what the family went through.


  • Maybe health services in Aust. are superior to those in Manila. The fact that the toddler’s condition was stable that may been another reason for the decision. They were extremely fortunate there was a Surgeon on board. The Captain also consulted with Medlink.
    The toddler is likely to suffer some trauma as he re-learns to do things differently with part of a finger missing


  • The poor little boy,hope he is okay and yes l would sue as well.


  • poor little mite, hope they all recovery fast, so scary!


  • I’m glad they had a doctor on board and they did get medical advice about what to do. I hope this little boy has no lasting trauma from this experience.


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