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Boy Maimed by Macy's Escalator Has Finger Reattached

Doctors reattached the severed finger of a four-year-old boy after it was sliced off by a wooden escalator at Macy's flagship store in New York City's Herald Square, the New York Post reported Sunday.

"My son is still not well," mom Natalia Gell-Tejada said, as she visited her son Maxlee in the hospital.

"They did reattach it, but it's going to be a couple of days to see how that will work."

The horrific accident - the third of its kind at Macy's in the past five years -- happened Friday at about 7pm local time when Maxlee went to pick up a bottle of water he had dropped on the first-floor escalator.

"It's not that we weren't holding his hand or watching," said Gell-Tejada. "My husband was holding his hand."

The finger -- severed from the boy's right hand, which is his dominant hand -- was transported on ice, but Gell-Tejada said surgeons "couldn't recoup some of the veins that make the finger move."

Maxlee will be hospitalized for a few days for observation, said his mother, who is furious at Macy's for using what she feels are outdated escalators.

"If they want to keep it like something from Macy's back in the day, then put it in a museum," she said.

New York City's Buildings Department issued a violation, ordering the escalator out of service pending further investigation, said spokeswoman Jennifer Gilbert.

The escalator is currently not in use, confirmed Macy's spokeswoman Elina Kazan.

Wooden escalators have been in operation at the store since 1927.

Two other children have had fingers chopped off by Macy's escalators in recent years.

A four-year-old girl had her right index finger sliced off Oct. 16, 2005, when she tripped at the top step while riding with her father to the third floor. And a two-year-old boy had his left thumb partially severed Dec. 24, 2006, as he rode up to the fourth floor.

"I'm going to try my best to make them remove them and put in better escalators," said Gell-Tejada.

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