This is the moment a delivery driver’s finger was torn off – by a customer’s letterbox.
Husam Aljuburi, 30, was halfway through his shift for Amazon when he shoved an A5 package through a customer’s letterbox.
But when he pulled his hand back, the top of his middle finger got trapped in the flap – and was chopped clean off.
Frantic Husam flagged down a passerby, who called an ambulance – with the paramedic retrieving the fingertip before popping it on an ice block in a plastic bag.
Medics were unable to reattached the chopped off appendage, and even had to cut off more of his finger in a 45 minute operation to sew it all back up properly.
Dad-of-one Husam got a taxi back to the house where he lost his finger to pick up the rest of the parcels he’d stashed in his nearby car.
And he found the horrified homeowner scrubbing pools of blood off the driveway.
Traumatised Husam, from Hanger Hill, west London, said he feels like he has “lost a part of him” and hasn’t been able to go back to work due to the pain.
Husam said: “I’m right-handed so my life has been completely changed.
“PlayStation is going to be a struggle now with the controller.
“I like playing table tennis too but I suppose that’s going to be a lot harder now.
“Say if I meet the woman of my dreams I’m always going to be weary now as I’m missing a part of me.
“I know there are people worse off than me and have lost limbs but I’m still in shock.
“I’ve made 100,000 deliveries so I know what I’m doing.
“It was something like a book or a DVD.
“It was a slim parcel so decided to put it through the letterbox.
“I put my hand in with all four fingers intact and then seconds later a quarter of my middle finger was off.
“To be honest I didn’t feel anything but I was screaming like mad.
“I think it was the shock.
“I just don’t know how it happened and I’ve never had anything like this happen to me before.
“I tend to do that as much as I can as you get customers complaining they haven’t received their parcel if you leave it outside.
“It’s not worth leaving things outside so wherever I can put a parcel through the letterbox I do.
“But look where that’s got me.”
Dad-of-one Husam, who has been a delivery driver for nine months, was delivering his 28th parcel of the day on April 2 when the accident happened.
He slid the parcel through the customer’s gold letterbox but when he slid his hand out he was horrified to find a third of his middle finger still in the letterbox.
With blood spurting from his hand, he took a photo, then grabbed his finger and stopped a passerby who called an ambulance to take him to A&E at Wrexham hospital.
Husam added: “The person wasn’t in so I was desperately looking around for someone to help.
“Luckily this a man happened to me walking past.
“I was hoping for the best but the doctors took one look at it and basically told me there.
“Doctors had to cut a bit more of my finger off to sew it back.
“It’s weird. It was such a quick operation for something that has changed my life forever.”
When he arrived back at the property – four hours after the life-changing incident – Husam found the homeowner scrubbing away his blood on her drive.
Husam said: “I told her what happened and how her letterbox has destroyed my life but she wasn’t having any of it.
“I didn’t just cut my finger off and put it through the letterbox for fun.”
When Husam phoned Amazon to the company of the accident he claims it was “shrugged off” and was told to email Amazon Flex – the delivery driver firm.
Husam also claims he was told to return the undelivered parcels back to the depot ten miles away or risk not getting paid for the shift.
Self-employed Husam drove 20 minutes one-handed back to the west London depot before driving home.
The next day Husam invited his cousin round to type a complaint to Amazon.
Husam, who has to visit his GP every other day to get his dressing change, has been off work ever since.
“I was in no fit state to drive back what with all the painkillers,” he said.
“Amazon haven’t sent me a card, compensation or even a gift.
“For all those people who think Amazon is great I just want to tell them how they treat their workers.”
A spokesman for Amazon said: “Safety is Amazon’s number one priority.
“We continue to be in close contact with the driver, wish him a speedy recovery and are sorry that he feels we did not handle the matter correctly.
“We have investigated the matter and will take appropriate action.”