fter having a handcuff clamped around his forearm for more than a year, a 14-year-old boy finally decided that it was time to ask for help when the pain became too severe.
Inside the emergency room of a hospital in Guizhou’s Kaiyang county, doctors were flummoxed about what to do and were forced to call in the police and fire department. After a master key failed to open the handcuff, firefighters proceeded to carefully saw through the oversized bracelet with a hydraulic cutter in a 30-minute-long procedure.
According to the Guizhou Metropolis Daily, the boy lives with his uncle and aunt as his parents work elsewhere as migrant workers. Last year, his brother found a discarded police handcuff and left it inside the apartment. Out of curiosity, one day, the teen snapped the cuff around his right forearm when no one else was home, quickly discovering that he was unable to get the thing back off. He later attempted to cut it off with a saw, but the handcuff proved too thick.
Scared of being scolded, the boy somehow managed to hide the handcuff from his family and friends, living with it on for over a year. To prevent others from finding out his secret, he wore long-sleeve shirts, a move which must have proved rather uncomfortable during the Guizhou summer.
As the boy grew, the handcuff became tighter and tighter and started to dig into his flesh. Finding himself in some serious pain, on June 16th, the boy was finally forced to confess to his uncle and aunt. Doctors worry that the handcuff may have restrained the arm’s growth.
[Images via Guizhou Metropolis Daily]