NEW YORK CITY – In a sad turn of events, surgeons were forced to amputate the pinky of a 3-year-old boy whose finger got caught in an escalator at Macy’s in Herald Square last week.
Doctors had tried to reattach the finger, but the procedure was not successful.
"I have to put my son in therapy," said Natalia Gell-Tejada, about the future of her little boy, Maxlee. "If he wanted to play guitar, he can’t play guitar. If he wanted to play piano, he can’t play piano. His whole life is changed."
Doctors at Bellevue Hospital decided to amputate Tuesday night.
The operation was performed Wednesday at about 9 a.m., Gell-Tejada told The Post.
"It’s going to be really hard now for him," said the distraught mother. "He’s really traumatized."
The veins that make the finger move couldn’t be salvaged, she added.
Maxlee’s finger was lopped off Friday when the tot reached for a water bottle he had dropped while riding an escalator during a shopping trip with his parents.