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2 California students lose their fingers while playing tug-of-war during lunch

By Mason White 10:54 AM February 6, 2013
Edith Rodriguez and Pablo Ocegueda 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) They went to school that day like any other day to have some fun during lunch time play, but they were severely injured, according to hospital officials in California.

Two California high school students cut off their fingers on Monday in a game of tug-of-war during Spirit Week, the local California newspaper reported.

Officials have identified the students only as a female soccer player and a senior male football player, according to the report. But a local television news station identified the students as Edith Rodriguez, who is a senior and a soccer player and Pablo Ocegueda, who is also a senior and is active in sports. Both students attended El Monte Union High School, which is east of Los Angeles.

The students were rushed to downtown Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center where surgeons tried to reattach their fingers, according to the report. It is unclear how many fingers were cut off. One newspaper reported that the students lost at least one finger.
The accident happened when at least 40 students were playing tug-of-war when the rope suddenly snapped thereby cutting off their finger.

Rosa Sacca, a hospital spokesperson, told the newspaper that the students were in stable condition and their parents were by their side of the bed.

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