MELAKA: Tragedy struck a 10-year-old boy who was helping his father to operate a sugarcane grinding machine at a Ramadan bazaar in Taman Serkam Jaya, Jasin here.
The victim, who sustained serious injury, is currently at the Intensive Care Unit of the Melaka Hospital and probably could lose all his fingers on the left hand.
A relative of the victim who requests anonymity said the boy often helped his father at the stall during Ramadan month and the incident occurred at 7.45pm on Friday night (May 7).
He said a distress call was made after the boy's hand got caught in a sugarcane juicer, and probably could have crushed his fingers.
"Family members are currently waiting for doctors' response,” he said.
Merlimau Fire and Rescue Department's operation commander Senior Supt Sofian Hasan said the boy was in agony for 15 minutes before his hand was extricated at about 8.12pm.
"We received the distress call at 7.49pm," he said.
Supt Sofian said the victim was rushed to Melaka Hospital.
He added that seven personnel were involved in the case.