Six-year-old boy stuck in toilet seat after playing on his cellphone for too long, gets rescued after two hours
A social media statement from the local Firefighting Department said the incident took place in the city of Wuhan in central China last Friday.
A young boy who was playing mobile games while sitting on the loo for too long reportedly became stuck in the toilet shank for around two hours.
The boy, 6, who was crying throughout the ordeal, had to be removed from the toilet seat by firefighters, who successfully cut apart the plastic rim to rescue the kid, Daily Mail reports.
According to rescuers, the boy sustained minor bruises after his ordeal.
A social media statement from the Wuhan Firefighting Department said the incident took place in the city of Wuhan in central China last Friday. The statement also noted that the child had been stuck in the toilet for about an hour by the time firefighters responded, after which the rescue operation took another hour or so.
The boy's thighs, buttocks, and waist had all sunken into the toilet seat when officers got to the residence, according to Zhou Dao, a supervisor from the local Yangchahu fire brigade. The boy's mother had failed to remove him from the toilet seat herself, forcing her to summon help.
Supervisor Zhou consoled the youngster by chatting with him after firefighters were able to dismantle the toilet seat using pliers and their hands to break the rim. "We couldn't use large tools in fear of causing secondary injuries on the child," he told Pear Video.
According to Zhou, the boy was locked from inside the bathroom when he was found stuck and said it was most likely that he had played on the phone for too long while sitting on the toilet shank. His body sank downwards while he was shaking his body from side to side, eventually getting jammed within the inner rim of the toilet seat.
According to a study last year, phone addictions among children are on the rise in China, with nearly 70 percent of children possessing their own smartphones and nearly half of the children aged between seven and nine having access to the web.