Shopper loses finger in trolley accident

WHAT started out as a simple shopping trip led to an horrific injury for Proserpine resident Audrey King, who lost a finger in a freak accident at a shopping centre.

Mrs King said she was about to head into Proserpine's Woolworths store when the accident happened.

She was on the footpath heading towards the store when another customer's trolley nudged into hers.

Instinctively putting her hand on the side of the trolley to steady it, Mrs King said she suddenly found the index finger of her right hand trapped between the trolley and a metal padlock on a wheelie bin.

The finger was then literally ripped from her hand, right down to the bottom knuckle.

"Luckily for me, I was right in front of a hospital and there was a lady there who just scooped me up and put me in the car," Mrs King said.

"I was in shock - I didn't realise I'd lost my finger at that stage."

Mrs King was taken straight into the emergency department at the Proserpine Hospital and later transferred to Mackay.

A search was conducted for the finger at the Freshfields site, but it was not found.

Now stuck with what she describes as "a claw hand", Mrs King's biggest concern is that at just 40-years-old, she will no longer be able to continue with her work as an artist.

While Woolworths doesn't own the area where the accident occurred, a company representative said they were "shocked".

"We understand it must be extremely distressing for (Mrs King) and her family and have been in contact to assist where we can as she begins her recovery," the representative said.

Co-owner of the Freshfields centre, Ron Ogilvie, was also extremely sympathetic.

"There's nothing ever happened at the shopping centre like that in 18 years," he said.

Topics:  injury proserpine shopping shopping centre trolley

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