In what has to be one of the most awful freak accidents we've heard about in a while, a 10-year-old girl was impaled while sledding on Monday near her home in Maryland.
Yes -- I said impaled. As in the poor girl was reportedly found "lying on her side on a little slope with a piece of rebar sticking out of her." Believe it or not, she was conscious during the entire time the fire department was trying to free her. When she was taken to the hospital, she still had a six-inch piece of the rebar "hanging out of her."
And wait until you hear this one -- her parents were with her when the incident took place.
It's not like she was out playing in the snow with her friends and they were being careless or anything like that. She was simply sledding with her family and somehow managed to run into the piece of rebar.
Thankfully, she underwent surgery at The Children's Hospital at Johns Hopkins and is expected to make a full recovery from her injuries. But that doesn't change just how terrifying the accident must have been for both her and her parents.
The last thing we expect is for something to happen to our children when we're standing right there. I can't even begin to imagine just how scared and helpless they must have felt after realizing the severity of their daughter's injuries -- all while taking part in an activity that's so seemingly innocent.
And even as far as sledding accidents go, would you ever dream that something as serious as being impaled could happen? We worry about our kids running into a tree or another child -- or if there are cars anywhere nearby, that's a concern as well. But a piece of rebar sticking out of the snow? I know something like that never would have crossed my mind as a possibility.
I'm so happy to hear that this little girl is going to be ok. Her poor parents are certainly counting their blessings and thanking their lucky stars right about now.
Have you ever been nervous about your kids going sledding?
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