Despite doctors' attempts to reattach the severed pinky of a 3-year-old boy following an accident on a Macy's escalator last Friday, his finger was eventually amputated. Maxlee Gell-Tejada, of Washington Heights, had been reaching for a dropped water bottle when he caught his finger in the third floor wooden escalator at the Macy's flagship store in Herald Square.

Doctors at Bellevue Hospital first tried to reconnect the digit, but as the child's mother Natalia recounted to the Post, the veins which made the finger move could not be salvaged (some may recall Jack from Lost's horrifying explanation: "Veins are like a wet noodle."). The finger was amputated on Wednesday at about 9 a.m. and Natalia was reportedly "distraught" over her son's damaged future: "I have to put my son in therapy. If he wanted to play guitar, he can’t play guitar. If he wanted to play piano, he can’t play piano. His whole life is changed."

Maxlee is the latest in a long string of unfortunate finger-slicing victims, including a 3-year-old girl in 2005 and a 2-year-old-boy in 2006. However, a quick rummage through the DOB complaints site reveals numerous similar injuries as recent as May of this year. Sure, some may just be inattentively resting on the escalator step, but the growing pile of severed child fingers is enough to suggest the wooden escalators ought to be laid to rest.

Macy's has been served a building violation and the incident is pending further investigation, but it's uncertain whether anything substantive will be done to improve the safety of the escalators, which have been in use since 1927 and are among the last of their kind in New York City. Natalia Gell-Tejada is hardly concerned with historical preservation, saying: "If they want to keep it like something from Macy's back in the day, then put it in a museum."