China Police received a report of a man who forgot his finger in a taxi on 5 November 2019. Xu is a construction worker and had his finger accidentally cut off while working at the construction site. Xu rushed to the local doctors where they informed him that the finger needed to be connected back to the hand within 5 hours, or else one of his hands would remain with 3 fingers and 1 thumb forever.
Xu knew he wanted his finger back so he decided to take a taxi to a bigger hospital in Wuhan, Wuchang district which was about a 60 kilometers drive from the hospital he was at. The trip went smoothly and the taxi driver was doing a good just rushing Xu to the hospital. Then when they almost arrived the taxi suddenly got stuck in traffic. Xu was afraid that he wasn’t going to make it on time and decided to go on foot as they were pretty close by. Xu paid then left the taxi and started running to the hospital.
He successfully arrived at the hospital and was starting with emergency care and hospital documents. This was the moment he realized that the most important item was lost, he had left his finger in the taxi. Xu had paid in a hurry before running out and did not wait to get the receipt, he was shocked and didn’t know what to do.
The police were contacted. Officials knew that the case needed to be solved as fast as possible in order to reconnect his finger in time. The official responsible for his case checked the security footage and found the taxi’s license number. He then notified other officers of the taxi’s details.
After 30 minutes the taxi was found. While at this time, the taxi driver realized there was a finger wrapped in tissue on the back seat of the taxi. He was already driving back to the hospital to return the finger to Xu. The finger made it back in time where Xu is now living with 5 fingers on both hands.
This story is indeed a very rare incident. Normally valuable items are left behind in taxis all the time such as purses, wallets, phones, and cameras, but in this case, the item is a finger that desperately needed to be reattached to the owner’s hand. Thanks to the police officers and the taxi driver who realized the importance helped track down the finger just in time.
FB Caption: In this case, the lost item is a finger that desperately needed to be reattached to the owner’s hand.
Source: Shanghaiist, Kapook