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Firefighters help cut rings from Chinese woman’s seven swollen fingers

Doctors warned her jewellery had to be cut off immediately as there was a danger the lack of blood circulation would kill the tissue in her fingers

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 July, 2017, 12:35pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 July, 2017, 12:35pm

Firefighters and hospital staff in Shanghai cut rings off seven of an elderly woman’s fingers after they started to swell up.

The woman went to hospital to get the rings removed after she failed to dislodge them herself, the news website Thepaper.cn reported.

Hospital staff managed to shift two of the rings, but seven were still stuck.

Doctors were quoted as saying that the swelling was serious, with the potential to kill tissue due to poor blood circulation, and the rings had to be removed immediately to prevent permanent damage to her fingers.

She was then taken to firefighters who managed to cut off the remaining rings with knives and hacksaws.

The woman, who was not named, was quoted as saying that it was not her first time firefighters had removed rings from her swollen fingers.