Boy's Arm Reattached After Washing Machine Rips it Off
POSTED: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 5:12pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 11:18pm
His Mother Reveals How it Happened
El PASO - Doctors have re-attached an 8-year-old boy's arm after it was ripped off by a washing machine at his Northeast El Paso home earlier this week.
That's according to his mother, Kristal Napper, who is speaking out for the first time since the horrific accident.
She gave NewsChannel 9 a picture of 8-year-old Kiwi Napper recovering in ICU from the re-attachment surgery at University Medical Center.
"Right now the arm is accepting the nerves,” she says. “They had to remove a vein from his ankle to put into his arm."
Napper has been by her son's side since the frightening accident three days ago at the family's Northeast El Paso home. Napper says she had just put Kiwi to bed around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, but he snuck out of his room and went to the garage where she was washing some of his favorite Spider-Man sheets. Napper says she was in the kitchen and didn't see Kiwi go into the garage.
"He was trying to get his Spider-Man things out of there and it wrapped around his arm. Once it wrapped, it locked on and the machine was moving. He didn't yell. He didn't cry. It was more of a grunt."
Napper heard her son grunt from the kitchen but was completely unprepared for what she saw next.
"He opened the door and came to me and he was like, 'Mom look at my arm.' And as a parent my body just went into a severe shock," she says.
Kiwi's right arm had been severed at the elbow.
"The washing machine completely amputated the arm,” Napper says. “It completely removed the bottom arm and the only thing that was left there was the hand hanging by a nerve and a tendon."
Napper says she used a towel as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding until paramedics arrived.
"Me and Kiwi, we stayed calm,” she says.
Now Napper just wants to make sure this doesn't happen to another child. She wants other parents to know just how dangerous washing machines can be and to always keep a close eye one their kids.
"If you have children, you have a washing machine. Nobody thinks that their baby is going to stick his arm in there.”
The washing machine was on the spin cycle when Kiwi reached into it, she says.
Even if the re-attachment surgery is a success, doctors have told Napper that her son will probably never have full use of the arm. But Kiwi is showing signs of improvement. Napper says her son was able to start moving his fingers Sunday.
Napper says she will never own another washing machine.