The York Daily 20 Jul. 1899 hand lacerated
A Child's Hand Fl ight fully L&oerat-by L&oerat-by L&oerat-by Hog. A terrible occurrence by which a little child was rendered a cripple for life took place Tuesday evening; be tween Smith s Station and Porter s Skiing', in Heidelberg- Heidelberg- township. Between 6 and 7 o'clock Mrs. Paul Thoman, who lives near the Penn Grove camp meeting grounds, went to the barn yard to attend to the cattle. cattle. Her little daughter Mary, aged one and a half years, accompanied her. Mrs. Thoman, however, left the child on the outside of the barn yard and closed the gate, in order to prevent prevent the child from entering and pos-jsitdy pos-jsitdy pos-jsitdy being hurt by the cattle. While the mother was busy in the yard the little toddler walked to the rear of a log stable, and thrust its tiny hands through the aperture in the fence of the sty. The hand was immediately seized by a number of sdioats confined in the pen, the beasts struge-lincr struge-lincr struge-lincr with each other to get the best hold on the hand, chewing and lacerating the Hesli terribly. The child's screams attracted the attention of its mother who hurried to the pig pen and was horrified to nee the position her little girl was in. The fchoats seemed to have become frantic by the taste of blood, and Mrs. '1 homau, in order to rescue her child from the ravenous pack, was oMiiru iu ciuer me pen ana beat l;ack the snorting, grunting, squeal ing creatures, some of whom also at tacked her furiously. She succeeded, however, in liberating the child, and gaining the outside without sustain ing svere injuries. It was found that the fingers on the left hand of little Mary were literally literally chewed off, nothing remaining but the thumb; the nesh of the hand was terribly mangled almost to the wrist. Dr. L. II. Sterner, of Porter's, and Dr. .1. il. liittinger, of Hanover, were summoned, and found it necessary to amputate the entire hand, all but the thumb, near the wrist. The child's mother was almostv beside beside herself with grief at the accident. accident. . 'Hie child is doing as well as can be expected.