"Keep your feet and fingers in the car, or I'll lock your windows!" I can't tell you how many times I shout that phrase into the back of my minivan as my children seem obsessed with feeling the breeze on their limbs. Sometimes I feel like a nag, especially when they point out the plethora of dogs that do it with no problem, but I'm okay with that -- especially after reading about a tragic accident involving a 5-year-old boy in Maine last week.
According to the Bangor Daily News, the boy identified only as Noah was riding in the car with his grandmother last Tuesday evening. He had a jump rope tied to one wrist and was, for some reason, dangling the other end of it out of the car window. Another car came by, and the rope caught on it. His hand was completely severed.
An as-of-yet-unidentified woman was key in the boy's survival, say relatives. She was apparently passing by when she saw the accident, and jumped out of the vehicle she was in, grabbed the boy's severed hand, and saved it from being run over. Police and the boy's family have taken to Facebook to try and find her so they can thank her. Sharon Stetz, the boy's grandmother, who was driving the car, stated:
This woman is most certainly the reason my grandson is alive today ... he was bleeding to death right in front of my eyes and I did not know what to do ...
Thank goodness for her, and thank goodness the boy is alive. As bad as it is, I hate to think how much worse it could have been if the rope had been tied to a foot or his neck. Doctors tried to reattach his hand, but there are no reports yet as to if it worked.
It was a freak accident for sure, but also one that was so easily preventable. So the next time my children roll their eyes when I tell them to keep their limbs in the car, I'll tell them this story ... and probably just lock the windows anyway.
Do your children try to stick their arms and legs out the car window?
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