I love summer when the windows are open, the kids are running around outside, and the steady hum of lawn mowers can be heard no matter the day or time. But that picturesque combination can turn terrifying in a heartbeat, as it did last week when a toddler in Washington was severely injured after being run over by a riding lawn mower.
Details on what exactly happened are murky, but somehow while 2-year-old Juliette Nau was with her father, she got too close to the blades of the powerful machine, and the horrifying accident happened. Her mother, a nurse with whom she usually lives, told KXLY just how serious the injuries are. "The toes on her left foot are all gone, except for the baby toe, and I think there's some damage to the heel there," she said.
Juliette has already been through two surgeries and will be in the hospital for months. It's not known if she'll be able to walk again, but they are holding out hope.
Sadly, Juliette isn't the only child who has been harmed by a lawn mower. Last month 10-year-old Jeremy Klingbeil of Virginia lost his leg after a lawn mower accident. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that about 17,000 children are sent to the emergency room each year because of lawn mower accidents. That's way too many for something that can be easily avoided when precautions are taken.
The organization offers a comprehensive list of safety tips for lawn mowers that's definitely worth a read for all parents and those who supervise children. It includes things like:
As for Juliette, hopefully, she'll make a full recovery. Her mother, Lesley Johnson, who raises her alone, now faces daunting medical bills, and is seeking donations to help cover her mortgage and other expenses while she stays by her side. Best wishes to them.
Has your child ever been injured by a lawn mower?
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