Two High School Athletes Lost Multiple Fingers During a Game of Tug-of-War at School

Two California teenagers have lost multiple fingers during a game of tug-of-war on Monday afternoon according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. The students, a senior girls volleyball player and a senior football player who attendĀ South El Monte High School in Los Angeles, were participating in “Spirit Week” activities to celebrate homecoming. From the AP:

The boy and girl, both under age 18, had stable vital signs after undergoing hours of surgery, Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center spokeswoman Rosa Sacca said.

“They’re awake and alert. Parents are at their bedsides,” she said.

Sacca said she could not release any information on whether surgeons were able to reattach the fingers.

The teens lost four fingers each from their right hand, and the girl also lost the thumb on her left hand, she said.

However, sheriff’s Sgt. Jorge Marchena told The Associated Press the girl lost three fingers on one hand and two on another, while the boy lost four fingers from one hand.

The discrepancy could not immediately be resolved.

Hopefully everything was put back where it belongs and the kids remember this is not the end of the world.

[News10/AP, SGV Tribune]


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