Published On: Tue, Feb 5th, 2013

Edith Rodriguez, Pablo Ocegueda,Two Califonia teens have their fingers severed off during tug-of-war game at school

Two teenagers whose fingers were severed during a tug-of-war game at a California high school were recovering Tuesday, but it was unclear whether doctors were able to reattach the digits.

Edith Rodriguez and Pablo Ocegueda

Edith Rodriguez and Pablo Ocegueda

The boy and girl, both under age 18, had stable vital signs after undergoing hours of surgery, Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center spokeswoman Rosa Sacca said.

Edith Rodriguez is a senior and a soccer player. Pablo Ocegueda is also a senior and is active in sports.

“They’re awake and alert. Parents are at their bedsides,” she said.

Sacca said she could not release any information on whether surgeons were able to reattach the fingers. The teens lost four fingers each from their right hand, and the girl also lost the thumb on her left hand, she said.

However, sheriff’s Sgt. Jorge Marchena told The Associated Press the girl lost three fingers on one hand and two on another, while the boy lost four fingers from one hand.

The discrepancy could not immediately be resolved.

They were participating in a lunchtime tug-of-war game on Monday during a Spirit Week celebration at South El Monte High School when they were injured.

The rope was wrapped around the students’ hands, and it snapped, amputating their fingers, Eddie Pickett, a supervising dispatcher with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, told NBC News.

No criminal investigation will be done because the injuries were accidental, Marchena said.

“Somehow they got their hands tied up on the rope,” he said.

Classes continued Tuesday, with counselors available to help students on the campus, El Monte Union High School District Superintendent Nick J. Salerno said.

“Our whole focus right now is providing support for the kids,” Salerno said.

Officials will review all planned Spirit Week activities “that could even possibly have a risk of going wrong,” he said.

Photo from KTLA coverage

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