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Date: 06 Jul 2006 23:49:40
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Subject: Ball Return Injury (child)
Just curious....do ball return accidents happen often?

Tonight my son (he's 5) ended up getting his hand caught in one. He was
bowling with some of my family while I was in league....next thing I
know I hear him screaming like a wildcat and see everyone running in
his direction. There the poor kid is wailing with his hand completely
engulfed by the machine, I nearly fainted, wondering what his arm would
look like and if it would still be there.

It took maybe 20 seconds for them to shut the machine off while his
hand was still stuck in there, they got his arm out and it was intact
with no lacerations but he had a DEEP groove pressed into his arm where
it was stuck between the wheel and the metal...looks pretty swollen
right now but it doesn't appear to be broken. I've been bowling my
whole life and never witnessed anything like this before. Curious if
anyone out here has seen such an accident before and what the outcome
was....the guy running the desk at my alley said he'd seen a few kids
with their hands stuck in his lifetime.





 
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