Carer loses part of thumb trying to help teen

The scene of the incident
The scene of the incident

A Wigan carer had part of her thumb bitten off in a distressing incident in the middle of a town centre fast food outlet, police have said.

The unnamed good Samaritan was helping a teenager with severe autism who was having a medical episode, thought to have been a seizure.

The carer, who was taken to hospital as a result of her injury, was trying to prevent the youth from harming himself, the Evening Post understands.

The 47-year-old woman had part of her thumb bitten off during the ordeal - which took place in full view of customers at the McDonald’s outlet on Greenough Street during a busy weekend afternoon - and was treated at Wigan Infirmary last month.

The 17-year-old is understood to be a pupil at a Wigan school for youngsters with learning disabilities and was suffering a seizure which involved his jaws clamping while the carer was trying to prevent him from swallowing his tongue.

Officers attended and, having spoken with all parties, agreed that no further action would be taken given that the carer did not hold the teenager responsible, Greater Manchester Police said.

A spokesman told the Evening Post: “We can confirm that police were called to the McDonald’s drive-thru restaurant on Upper Morris Street, Wigan, at 1.25pm on Saturday, April 16, where a teenager had a medical episode during which a woman had part of her thumb bitten off.

“All parties were spoken to and the decision was made that no further police action would be taken.”

It is not known whether the severed part of the digit was recovered nor if there was a possibility for it to be reconnected.

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 1.16pm and attended at 1.20pm.

“One patient was taken to Wigan Infirmary after sustaining an injury.”

The Evening Post has been contacted by the carer who lost part of her thumb.

She wants it to be made clear that the 17-year-old did not attack her nor, as a trained first aider, did she have the thumb in his mouth trying to stop him from swallowing his tongue.

She does not want to explain what did happen, describing it only as an accident which she did not want to take any further with the authorities.