Boy's hand stuck in electric mixer
A five-year-old Christchurch boy is recovering with a big bag of ice and a bizarre tale to tell his friends after getting his hand stuck in an electric mixer.
Marshal Forrester's distraught mother called emergency services to their home in Hawke St, New Brighton, at about 11.30am today after finding his hand had been jammed between two beaters on an electric stand mixer.
Kirsty Forrester said her son was getting ready to bake a banana cake with his brother Carson, 7, and sister Sadie, 2, when the incident happened.
She believed Marshal had been attaching the beaters to the mixer when Carson turned it on, accidentally trapping his younger brother's left hand.
''He screamed and I just pulled the plug out of the wall and went to get it out, but I couldn't,'' she said.
''That's when the panic started to set in. I thought he was going to lose his hand to be honest, it was pretty mangled in there.''
Emergency services sent two local firefighters who were able to bend the metal beaters back easily, freeing Marshal's hand from the machine.
He was assessed by paramedics at home before seeing his GP and planned to spend this afternoon recovering with a bucket of ice and an ice block.
''It'll be very swollen... but it seems to be alright,'' Forrester said.
''We went camping last week and it was quite a dangerous, adventurous kind of camp and they survived that - then this happens while we're baking.''
She thanked emergency services for their help and said the family planned to visit the firefighters who came to their assistance.
''We might have to bake them a banana cake.''
Wainoni Fire Station manager Mike Bowden said he had helped rescue children from many strange predicaments in the past, but an electric mixer was a first.
''Kiddies obviously get parts trapped in play equipment and down plugholes... but a beater is a new one.''
Bowden said the incident was ''not anybody's fault'' and Marshal was ''incredibly stoic'' throughout his ordeal.
''His poor mum was beside herself. It's one of those million-to-one things that kids can do when you're not looking.''