Disabled boy rescued from busy Amsterdam intersection, 20 July 2016 - Credit: Disabled boy rescued from busy Amsterdam intersection, 20 July 2016 (Photo: Politie Amsterdam Nieuw-West Zuid/Facebook)
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 08:18
Disabled boy left stranded on busy Amsterdam crossing
Amsterdam police rescued a wheelchair bound boy from a very busy intersection on Wednesday last week, the Nieuw-West Zuid police said on Facebook. The underage boy is deaf and has both mental and physical disabilities. He was left stranded after his taxi dropped him off at the wrong location. When the officers found him, the boy was very upset and unable to tell them how he ended up in the middle of a busy intersection. Luckily the boy had a contact form on him and the officers were able to get in touch with his mother. After she recovered from the fright, the mother explained that the boy was picked up by a taxi to be taken to his daycare, where he never arrived. It turned out that the driver dropped him off at the wrong location and did not wait to see a carer take him in. The boy tried to find his way to his usual daycare himself, but ended up stranded in the crossing. The police officers took the boy to a safe location - on foot as his wheelchair did not fit in the police bus. On the way the wheelchair broke, and the emotional boy ended up being carried inside. The incident was the result of a misunderstanding. Parents, aid workers and the taxi company were able to settle the matter with new arrangements to prevent recurrence.