Mum urges Kmart to recall a glass drink dispenser after her two-year-old son severed his thumb.
Hunter Keremaro, who recently turned three, had blood squirting from his thumb last month when he tried to use the spout on one of the Kmart home brand dispensers.
The toddler was rushed to hospital and underwent microsurgery on his right hand.
Hunter’s tendon was severed and his hand will be in a cast for another four weeks. He was not able to open presents on his birthday and will not be able to unwrap any at Christmas either.
His mother, Tiahnee Keremaro, told 7 News Online how on November 27 she heard her son screaming and crying “mummy and mummy”.
She found him with blood squirting everywhere from his hand.
The 29-year-old wrapped her son’s bloodied thumb in a tourniquet and rushed him to Campbelltown Hospital.
She said the metal spout on glass dispenser was paper-thin and wants the product re-called “so it doesn’t happen to another child”.
She took the product back to the Campbelltown store a few days after Hunter underwent surgery.
The Sydney mum recalled how the attendant cried when she heard the boy could not open gifts on his birthday and gave him a $100 gift card.
However, Kmart have not yet sent the product back to headquarters for testing and Ms Keremaro claims there has been a lack of communication from the company.
“It has been two weeks and I still haven’t heard back and the products are still on the shelves,” Ms Keremaro said.
“Pull the product or have a big warning on it so the parents can be aware of what it does to kids.
“I just don’t want it happening to another child over Christmas.”
A horrible reminder as well to always be alert and aware of what your children are doing. We can get so easily distracted this time of year.
We hope Hunter makes a full recovery.
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