I want to share a story with you. One that may save your child’s life or the life of a child you know. This story is real. It happened to a normal family just like yours or mine. I know of it because this woman is in a Facebook chat group I’m in. I would see her chatting about cloth diapers, kids, life…normal stuff. Then one day something terrible happened to her little girl. Something that changed the whole family’s lives forever. This mom and her daughter are truly the strongest, most courageous people I have ever encountered.
I asked her if it would be alright to share her daughter’s, Ella Rose’s, story. She said yes because she wants to use their experience to help stop it from ever happening again.
Here is Ella Rose’s story:
On June 6th, I was backed over by a ride on lawn mower, I nearly lost my life that day, but God was watching over me. I was Life Flighted to Children’s Hospital in Nashville, TN and spent three weeks undergoing ten surgeries to repair the damage, rebuild my leg and make a new knee to replace the one that was taken in the accident. I also lost my big toe but I can still walk without him.
I struggle every day with not being able to do what I used to before the accident. I now wear a brace that helps my leg stay straight and helps me walk. I’ve defied all odds and learned to walk really well again. I’ve faced challenges but I’m also really happy that I still have my family. It makes me sad though, that kids are hurt all the time by lawn mowers. I want this to stop. I wish this never happened to me. I want things to go back to normal. I want kids not to get hurt and not have to go through what I did.
Lawn mowers are dangerous and scary. They hurt kids. Kids don’t belong outside when lawn mowers are running. If I was inside, I would be like I used to, but now everyone asks why I walk funny. I want all kids to be safe.
Please keep your kids inside while mowing…Please keep your kids safe.
Here are a few lawn mower statistics:
- The average person mows their lawn up to 30 times a year.
- Up to 16,000 children are injured each year in accidents involving ride on lawn mowers.
- More than 600 children undergo mower related amputation each year.
- Children between the ages of 5 and 10 have the highest rate of lawn mower related injuries.
- The majority of serious and sometimes fatal injuries are a result of back over accidents where the child was not seen.
Please keep your children inside when mowing.
This family asks that you share this story with as many people as possible to help stop this from ever happening again.
For more of Ella Rose’s story and updates, please visit https://www.facebook.com/PrayersForPrincessElla
Feel free to leave a comment here and on her Facebook page in love and support of a very courageous little girl!
Jenn is a long-time cloth diaper educator and a passionate small business advocate. She has worked in the reusable diaper industry for over a decade, helping millions of families via her websites All About Cloth Diapers, Thinking About Cloth Diapers and Cloth Diaper Geek as well as hundreds of small businesses during that time. Her goal always to provide simple, reliable information.