A four-year-old boy was admitted to hospital yesterday after having his hand stuck inside a vending machine for more than six hours.
Emergency crews were called around lunchtime to the Lonsdale Street address in Melbourne’s CBD. Upon arrival, they found the young boy with his hand stuck in the anti-theft flaps of the machine.
The emergency crews had to work for more than six hours to free the boy, as the machine was required to be dismantled piece-by-piece.
The small boy was in considerable distress throughout this time and emergency services creatively used cartoons on their smartphones to help calm him. At one stage the boy required sedation.
He was taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital in a stable condition.
Sergeant Ali Gurdag told the ABC it was an unusual operation.
“First type of job I’ve had to respond to in that situation,” he said. “To see that young, little kid in the discomfort he was in, and observing the fire brigade and how patient they were, it was just an exceptional performance.”
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