A three-year-old girl had her thumb RIPPED OFF when it got trapped in the door of a nursery.
Kacie Lumsden got her fingers wedged between a door and a wall while playing at a day nursery.
The tip of her right thumb was ripped off in the incident before staff packed it in ice and surgeons were able to reattach it.
Doctors initially feared Kacie's thumb reattachment might have been unsuccessful but are now optimistic it will continue to grow normally.
Kacie's mum Tanya James, 30, said the experience had transformed her daughter from a confident girl to a shy, withdrawn child.
The mother-of-three, who is herself a qualified nursery nurse, said: "Kacie is now completely different. She clings to me all the time and is very nervous when I am not around.
"My trust in what should have been a very secure and safe place for young children has been completely shattered.
"I have worked in nurseries for eight years and this is by far the worst incident I have experienced or heard about"
The little girl's family are now suing Glengarry Children's Daycare Nursery in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, after bosses admitted liability for the child's injuries.
After the incident, which happened in November last year, Kacie was rushed to New Cross Wolverhampton Hospital before being transferred to Birmingham Children's Hospital where surgeons managed to reattach the tip of her thumb.
An Ofsted investigation has severely criticised the nursery and adjusted its rating to 'inadequate'. As a result, it lost funding from Wolverhampton City Council and closed on June 28 with the company in administration.
Personal injury solicitor Wendy Turner, who is representing the family, said: "Both Kacie and Tanya have suffered as result of the nursery's incompetence and are entitled to compensation.
"We are still waiting to hear from independent medical experts, with a view to negotiating a settlement.
"However, our main priority is in ensuring that Kacie makes a recovery to the point where she is able to live with her injury, particularly when she becomes more self-conscious in her teenage years."
Kacie is now attending a public sector nursery school before starting primary school in September.