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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