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Girl Loses Feet In Lawn Mower Accident

A girl, age 5, was flown to a Baltimore hospital after a lawn mower accident Monday.

A 5-year-old girl was flown to a Baltimore hospital Monday after a lawn mower accident in Forest Hill.

Around 6:22 p.m. a man was mowing in the 800 block of Kensington Farm Court in Forest Hill, according to r, spokesman for Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association.

The man put the riding mower in reverse and accidentally backed over his 5-year-old daughter, amputating both of her feet, according to Gardiner.

A medevac helicopter responded to the area to transport the girl for treatment, according to Gardiner.

This is the second accident of its kind to impact the county within less than two months. On April 1, after someone accidentally ran over her foot with a lawn mower.

Stick with Patch for updates.

Jason Chilly Edwards May 08, 2012 at 12:48 AM
This was a terrible accident. The Medevac did a great job and was able to land feet from the home. This broke my heart as I stood there watching with my own 6 y.o. daughter. Everyone please pray for a miracle for this little girl that there is sthe ome way the surgeon's will be able to reattach her feet.
Nicole May 08, 2012 at 12:50 AM
My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to this family tonight... My daughter was the 9 year old Jarrettsville girl from 4/1, and unfortunately, I know firsthand, what this family is going through tonight. I read a lot of comments made when this happened to us.. Most of them sympathetic, but the few negative... I beg of everyone,, please do not judge or condemn... This is a Horrible accident that happens way too often:(
Judi Hodges May 08, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Prayers to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with this child as she is going through this horrible ordeal.
Nicole May 08, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Jason, not sure if my first MSG worked... But I posted below you on this article. If you know this family, and they would like to speak to us, when they are ready, please let me know and I will get you my contact info... U kniw it took me awike to be able to talk about it, but i sooo know what they are going througj right now, and would like to help them if i can. We had an angel reach out to us who wrnt throuh this and it helped so much...Thanks!
Kari May 08, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Nicole, I totally understand...my daughter lost her foot in a lawn mower accident almost 6 years ago. She is almost 9 now. I want you to know we are praying for your family and are now praying for this family in addition. If you need one one to talk to, don't hesitate as we have been walking this road with our girl for a few years now! My name is Kari....(((hugs)))
Amanda Lattimore May 08, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Prayers to her and her family, I have a 5-year-old and am so scared of these types of accidents!
Peter Castle May 08, 2012 at 01:36 AM
I struggle with accidents like this. These type of accidents are truly avoidable but often time it's impossible to contain the little ones. It breaks my heart. I pray for the well being of this child and the struggles ahead.
Demon May 08, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Prayers to her and her family. I hope their guardian angel is watching over this little girl and father during recovery.
Erinn May 08, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Praying for this dear family and this little girl. This tragedy struck my family when my niece lost her foot nearly 6 years ago. She is nearly 9 and is such an example of strength.
Sue Hayden May 08, 2012 at 02:56 AM
My hearts breakin for the father that he has to see what has happened to his daughter. My hearts breakin for the daughter to have to go thru this. Please God, be with this family and heal the broken hearts, limbs, and relationships. This was an accident. Be with the family to get them thru this tragic time. Let them know that You are there for them to lean on, cry on, be angry at and just be there. Amen.
Louise Bowles May 08, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Not all mowers do, I know mine doesn't. I can mow in reverse
TGS May 08, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Hugs and prayers for healing of body, mind, and soul for all concerned!
Michelle May 08, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Prayers from our family to this little girl and hers. Nicole, you are anangel reaching out. We wish your family well.
Leonard May 08, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Jason I can't even imagine how this impacted you having to witness this let alone the people involved. Doctors are so good these days they may beable to repair and reattach her feet. The only positive is that she is so young and stands a chance of forgetting the vivid details of this trauma as she gets older. She has a long road ahead of her and I pray for God to keep her strong and positive and that she and the person who accidentally hurt her both heal inside and out.
Take Responsibility! May 08, 2012 at 12:14 PM
I hope they can reattach her feet, poor little kid :(
Sherry May 08, 2012 at 12:44 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to this little girl and her family.
Leonard May 08, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I've made a habit of always backing my car into my parking spaces when I can. I'd rather pull out into the street because there are allot of children where I live. Maybe it could become an equally as good a practice to back the riding mower in when we're done with it. I'm not judging or trying to act like I know everything, but in the event this is how these accidents are happening maybe we can keep it from happening again and break the bad cycle of bad things happening in 3's. This is the kind of thing that could destroy a family and it was just a freak accident. Dad Mom baby are in my prayers. I would be nnothing short of devastated and racked with guilt and sorrow if it were me. I know he is even more so than I can imagine. I can't say for sure I am strong enough to survive a situation like this. So I'll say they need our prayers not judgement or speculation or blame laid anywhere.
Clint May 08, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I know for the both the child and the father it is a tragedy. But there is not enough explanation for the father to come up to answer when she ask him "why did you do this to me daddy? And what did I do to deserve this?" Accidents are just that....accidents, I do realize that but, when you are driving a machine like that....PAY ATTENTION!
Leonard May 08, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Some of the newer mowers do and some of the higher end older ones do as well but not all of them.
MJ May 08, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Sending tons of prayers, positive thoughts and hugs
Mindy May 08, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I am so sorry to hear of this horrific accident. My 15 y/o nephew lost 3 of his toes last summer to an accidental lawn mower incident. Though not as nearly as tragic as this, it is still such a tragedy. My heart goes out to the little girl as well as her family.
Darlene Hendershot May 08, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Prayers to the family, and also to the accident that happen April 1 of another child getting hurt in mower accident.
Old Skool May 08, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Tragic for both the daughter and the father. Hopefully they can reattach them and make them functioning again. The father will live with guilt for the rest of his life.
SNAKE DR. May 08, 2012 at 11:46 PM
My mower has a reverse safety that I always over ride. NOT ANY MORE.
Emily May 09, 2012 at 01:49 AM
My prayers go out to the girl and her family. I know what they are going thru because 9 yrs ago my 4 1/2 yr old son was accidentally backed over by a lawn mower. He lost most of his left foot & has what is known as a Chopart amputation. I was the one driving the tractor. Before I backed up I looked over my right shoulder & saw no one behind me. I then looked over my left shoulder & saw no one behind me & then as I continued to look over my left shoulder I began to back up slowly. My son ran up on the right side of the tractor. Since I was looking over my left shoulder I couldn't see him. Please look over your left shoulder and down at the ground & then ask yourself can you see what is going on your right side while you are looking over your left shoulder. You cannot & that is how most of the accidents occur!! The smaller the child the worse the injuries. Approximately 365 children a year are injured by a lawn mower per year & most are incidents where the children are backed over. We had a family whose child was injured too reach out to us & help us. Since my son's injury we have reached out to 4 other families & helped them too. If you read Nichole's posts above I am the person she is referring too. I would love to reach out & help this family too, but I do not know their name. If someone could help me get in contact with them I would appreciate it. Educate children on the dangers of lawn mowers & use the no mow in reverse feature on your lawn mower & don't overide it!
Erinn May 09, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Emily, my sister also posted above - Kari. A similar thing happened to my then 3 yr old niece about 6 years ago. You aren't the only one facing the daily reality of these horrible accidents. this morning I had a heart to heart with my 3rd graders about lawn mower safety. Hopefully it'll sink in and protect another child. Prayers! Erinn
TGS May 09, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Still praying for the family. Thankful we have such dedicated and talented people working as emergency responders and care givers in our area! Shock Trauma (and other hospital) teams perform miracles everyday. Hoping this story is one of them!
Another Citizen May 10, 2012 at 02:28 AM
This is another example of why children should not be outside playing while you are mowing your lawn. Leave the kids in the house while you mow. If no one else can watch them at the time you want to mow then wait till someone is available. Every year we hear about these incidents (they are not accidents because they are completely avoidable), what is it going to take for parents to wake up. We are suppose to shape our children's futures for the better. Not harm and disfigure them.
Brad May 10, 2012 at 03:04 AM
My prayers go out to the family, please disregard the negative comments , they have no concept of the real world.
Dick August 25, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Online I found this safety tip: A riding lawn mower back over accident can cause significant injury, including deep lacerations, broken bones, and amputations. Most of these accidents involve children and are preventable with the addition of an inexpensive no-mow-in-reverse (NMIR) switch. While some manufacturers have begun equipping their mowers with these safety switches in accordance with voluntary industry safety standards, they do so while also adding a device that overrides the feature.

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