Our daughter’s finger was severed in a nursery door, but staff only realised when they found it on the floor
- Sophie Dedek lost her fingertip in incident during nursery ‘taster’ session
- Father Pavel drove her to hospital after picking her up from nursery
- Parents now demanding compensation for daughter
PUBLISHED: 23:13, 3 February 2013 | UPDATED: 23:14, 3 February 2013 MAIL ONLINE
A baby’s parents were told she had ‘nicked’ her finger at nursery – only for her father to discover when he arrived that it had been chopped in half.
Staff at the private £900-a-month crèche allegedly failed to realise Sophie Dedek had lost her fingertip until someone spotted it on the floor while they were cleaning.
Her father Pavel, 37, turned up to find nine-month-old Sophie with a blood-soaked towel wrapped around her hand and the severed 1cm of her finger in a cup of ice.
Pain: Nine-month-old Sophie Dedek lost part of her finger at a nursery in Gosforth, Newcastle. Her parents Jana and Pavel are devastated and demanding compensation for their daughter
Scene: The manager at Kids 1st Day Nursery called 999, but was advised an ambulance would not be necessary by the operator
Horrified that no ambulance was on its way, he drove her to A&E himself while a nursery nurse held her arm in the air to stop the bleeding. Surgeons spent two-and-a-half hours trying to reattach the fingertip, which had been cut at the second joint, but the task was fruitless.
Now Mr Dedek, a manager at an estate agent, and his wife Jana, 31, are demanding compensation for Sophie as she will be maimed for life. He said: ‘When I spoke to them on the phone, they said she had just nicked her finger. I thought I would just be picking her up and putting a plaster on it. I arrived to find Sophie’s hand wrapped in a towel, and next to her a cup with the remains of her finger in it.
‘As I drove her to the hospital I started crying. It was the worst day of my life.’
Sophie was having her second ‘taster’ session at Kids 1st Day Nursery in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne. It is thought the unnamed nurse did not notice the baby had crawled up behind her when she opened a door to put something in a bin.
When she closed the door, she looked down and saw Sophie crying, with blood on the little finger of her right hand. Not realising the full extent of the injury, a fellow nurse wrapped it in a towel while another called her father to ask him to pick her up.
Policies: Newcastle City Council said it found the nursery’s policies and procedures satisfactory following the incident, which has left Sophie maimed for life
Future problems: Sophie has spent weeks in pain and will find some tasks, such as playing musical instruments, harder than her peers when she is older
The nursery manager called 999, but the operator advised an ambulance was not necessary for such a small ailment. Four minutes later, when staff were cleaning the floor, they found the fingertip.
Sophie has spent weeks in pain and will in future find some tasks, such as playing musical instruments, harder than her peers. Her parents want to sue the nursery so that she has money to pay for plastic surgery on her finger when she turns 18.
A nursery spokesman said staff acted swiftly after a child trapped a finger under a door, adding: ‘The correct first aid was implemented, all health and safety procedures were followed and the relevant authorities were informed.’
Ofsted, which has rated Kids 1st ‘outstanding’, is investigating. Newcastle City Council said it found the nursery’s policies and procedures satisfactory.
Last week, education minister Elizabeth Truss proposed introducing a requirement for GCSEs for childcare workers. Critics said plans to increase the number of babies a nursery worker can look after could threaten child safety.
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