Juicer accident: Teen learning to use her left hand

Juicer accident: Teen learning to use her left hand
Li Xuan using her left hand to feed herself in Tan Tock Seng Hospital yesterday.

SINGAPORE- Tan Li Xuan, 14, may have lost some of her fingers but she has not lost her spirit.

"Every day, I tell myself I can use my left hand," she told The Straits Times from her bed in Tan Tock Seng Hospital yesterday.

Just two weeks after her right hand was crushed in a sugar cane juicer, the right-handed teenager has already learnt to use her left hand to eat and write.

During lunch yesterday, she was spooning food into her mouth with her left hand. "I need to try and use my left hand because my left hand is still normal," she said.

She has also been practising writing with her left hand because "the handwriting is very ugly".

The Secondary 2 student, who has been helping out at her father's stall in Toa Payoh since she was in Primary 5, was trying to remove a piece of jammed sugar cane from the juicer when her right hand was caught in the machine and crushed.

She lost her right middle and index fingers and half of her thumb.

Her right hand is still heavily bandaged after a 10-hour operation to attach one of her right toes to her half-severed thumb.

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