British woman bit off her fingertip on the beach “from a Russian tourist in a furious argument over the last beanbag”.
A British woman has been bitten off by a Russian tourist in a shocking argument over the last beanbag at a Beach of Fingers.
A gruesome photo shows the victim missing half a fingertip, including her nail, after the attack on Koh Phangan island in Thailand.
Her friend, ex-Olympic fencer Monika Sozanska, 39, told how she was watched in horror as a woman bit her friend’s finger and spat out in what looked like “something out of a horror movie”.
She explained that the duo were looking for a seat at Koh Raham Beach Club when they spotted an empty bean bag chair next to a young couple.
Monika said: “The situation escalated when the woman reacted dismissively [my friend’s] kind request [my friend] was only allowed to take the beanbag after a waiter intervened.”
She explained that the woman, who was reportedly Russian, rushed her friend and attacked both her and the dog before the friend started fighting back.
She continued: “[My friend] slapped her forehead. The woman disappeared briefly, only to come back angrier.”
“She grabbed [my friend’s] hand and bit into it. Then she spat out the bitten phalanx and smiled.
“The blood just spurted out. It was like something out of a horror movie!”
While Monika tried to dig the tip of her finger out of the sand and comfort her friend, the couple tried to escape but were immediately caught by nearby police.
When the Russian woman was asked to give police officers her passport, she was sent to the hotel to get the original as she only had a copy in her purse.
But before police knew it, the couple fled by plane to neighboring Malaysia.
Meanwhile, the 42-year-old victim was being treated at a hospital on the neighboring island of Koh Samui but was soon flown home to England for a reattachment operation.
Monika said: “Doctors are now trying to save the finger and avoid amputation using a special procedure called wrapping.”
Dental medicine professor Florian Beuer, 48, from the Charité University Hospital in Berlin, explained that people transmit less force with their front teeth than with their side teeth.
Then he suspected that biting off the fingertip must have been painful for the Russian too.
Beuer said: “Our teeth are not designed for such forces.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7279050/brit-woman-fingertip-bitten-off-russian-tourist-beach/ British woman bit off her fingertip on the beach “from a Russian tourist in a furious argument over the last beanbag”.