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Mom stuck with dirty needle at beach

July 29, 2016 1:30 P.M.
The offending needle en route to a biohazard container. (Contributed)


A Kelowna mom is concerned for herself, and others, after she says she was stuck with a dirty needle while playing in the sand with her child in City Park.

Kristina Singh said she was at Hot Sands Beach with her two children Thursday when the incident occurred.

The needle was just under the surface.

Singh said she contacted the RCMP immediately and they told her it was a city issue.

"I contacted the city and they came and put the syringe in a little biohazard container and told me to go to the hospital," she said.

"I did that. The hospital drew blood and told me there was nothing they could do until they got the results, so go on your way."

She was promised results back by Friday.

While Singh was not happy to find a dirty needle at one of the city's prime beaches, she was also disappointed at the seemingly cavalier attitude given to the situation.

"I am so mad that nobody seemed to take it seriously. I'm sorry, but this is my life. I don't know if the needle is contaminated."

"I just want people to be careful at the beaches, especially because I was with my three-and-a-half year old and my seven-and-a-half year old, and it could have been them. Then, I would be crying bloody murder."

Singh said this will be the last time she will take her kids to the beaches at City Park.

She said she'll spend the money to get a pool put in her back yard and avoid the beaches altogether.

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