Teen's hand crushed in juicer while helping dad at hawker stall
A FAMILY whose teenage daughter's hand was crushed by a sugarcane juicer at their drinks stall on Sunday night had swopped their machine for a safer one just three weeks ago.
The new juicer has a box-shaped fixture to keep a user's hands further from the grinder, said the girl's grandmother Madam Lim Ah Ger, 69. She suspects that 14-year-old Tan Li Xuan had been trying to dislodge a jammed piece of sugarcane when the accident happened.
Her father Mr Tan Guan An, 50, who runs the stall at the Toa Payoh Lorong 8 hawker centre, had forbidden his three teenage children from operating the previous juicer, considering it too dangerous, said the girl's mother Madam Mabel Ang, 44, a casino dealer at Marina Bay Sands.
But Li Xuan, a student of Guangyang Secondary School, had been helping out with the new juicer since it arrived, and was eager to ease her father's workload, Madam Ang told The Straits Times yesterday at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), where Li Xuan is warded. "They were about to close the stall to come home for dinner, and she was helping him so they could finish sooner," said her mother.
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They were about to close the stall to come home for dinner, and she was helping him so they could finish sooner.
- Madam Mabel Ang, saying Tan Li Xuan was trying to ease her father's workload