NO one knows exactly how Hunter Brischetto, 4, got his hand wedged into a door jam at pre-school this week.
What isn’t in doubt is that it would have been painful for the Stanley Street preschooler.
How much did it hurt?
“A lot,” said Hunter a few hours after the ordeal, his four now-very-bruised fingers nestled in a white sling and his other hand clutching his CFA trauma teddy bear.
The regretful explorer is lucky his rescuers, the Wodonga CFA, were stationed just 100 metres up the road from the childcare centre.
It took them only six minutes to get to the preschool and his crushed hand out of the door on Thursday afternoon.
They used a “rabbit tool”, normally used to spring open doors, to pull the aluminium frame of the door open enough for Hunter to pull his fingers out.
Wodonga Police Constable Dan McGrath was at a loss to work out how Hunter had got his fingers jammed so firmly in the door jam.
CFA station officer David Brown said if the door had been closed, Hunter’s fingers would have been severed.
“His fingers could have been crushed and were getting crushed,” Mr Brown said.
“They couldn’t have been more stuck in there.”
Hunter’s mother, Ady Brischetto, said she had received a call from the preschool and rushed from her work at Specsavers to find her son being taken to an ambulance, crying but otherwise OK.
Teachers had been preparing Hunter’s birthday cake when the accident happened, as he had turned four only the day before.
Mrs Brischetto said the incident was handled very well by pre-school staff.
“They said all the kids were really good, wiping his brow and giving him his drink bottle,” she said.
“Since then they’ve sat down and talked about door safety and there will be guards going on.”