Esau Gulley, 10, said the incident occurred while heading to the playground for recess at Public School 140 in the Jamaica section of Queens.
“I was in a crowd of kids. There were too many kids. The door was closing and it shut on my finger,” he said.
Esau was rushed to the hospital, where he and his mother, Sandra Gulley were asked by the doctors if they had retrieved the severed tip. Gulley said when questioned about the the tip, the FDNY and school officials said they had not immediately found it.
“The doctor said if I came with it, they could have done something to reattach it,” Gulley said. After a two-hour surgery, doctors managed to take loose skin from Esau’s finger and stitch over the stub. His mother feels this could have been prevented. “My son is disfigured because they didn’t save the tip of his finger,” she said. “They need to educate people in schools on what to do in these situations.”
Gulley is considering filing a lawsuit against the school for negligence. Meanwhile, Esau must undergo therapy to use his repaired finger. “I wish they saved the tip of my finger because there are a lot of things I can’t do now,” he said. “I can’t button my shirt or write.”