It's been an extraordinary and miraculous recovery for 5-year old Tate Manahl of Cedar Falls.
As Tate's remarkable journey continues, Tate's Army is being mobilized once again on February 1, to help raise awareness for child safety, particularly lawn mower safety. Watch Fonda and Ryan Manahl talk about their son and the event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPCawpBwjQE&t=716s
Details on how to register and get involved are coming up later in this article through Tate's Army Foundation. https://tatesarmy.org/night-of-testimony/
KWWL has aired and written several stories about what happened to Tate. Here is a summary.
Tate was just 3-years old when a lawn mower accident left him severely injured on the evening of August 30, 2017.
Tate's father, Ryan, was backing up the family's riding lawnmower, but, didn't see Tate coming up behind him.
Tate was caught under the deck of the lawnmower from pretty much his waist down. Ryan was able to lift the mower off his son, revealing the extent of the injuries.
Tate's injuries were so severe, his intestines were exposed and right leg nearly severed. Ryan would say he certainly feared Tate would die in his arms.
At least one of the first responders said Tate's injuries were the worst he'd ever seen as a firefighter.
After being stabilized at Covenant Medical Center (now MercyOne) doctors transferred Tate, via Life Flight, to the Stead Family Children's Hospital in Iowa City.
Tate was there 43 days, including 34 days in intensive care. Doctors were able to save his life; his vital organs and his legs. Tate has undergone more than 30 surgeries since the accident.
Ryan and Fonda Manahl soon discovered they were far from alone in having to deal with the tragedy of a serious lawnmower accident.
The Academy of Pediatrics reports, an average, 69 people die every year as a result of a lawnmower accident in the United States. 100 died in 2014.
On average, 250,000 Americans are injured in lawnmower accidents every year. That includes some 17,000 American children injured severely enough to require emergency room treatment every year.
The most common child lawnmower injury is a result of the child coming up from behind a riding mower, with the lawnmower operator unaware of the child's presence, until it's too late. That's exactly what happened to Ryan and Tate Manahl on August 30, 2017.
In an ongoing effort to help raise child safety awareness, prevent and reduce lawnmower accidents, the Manahl's created the Tate's Army Foundation. https://tatesarmy.org/
The next major event for the Tate's Army Foundation is set for Saturday, February 1. 'A Night of Testimony: Manahl Family' will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cedar Falls, 7213 Nordic Drive.
Social hour begins at 5 pm. Dinner at 6 and the program at 7 p.m.
The evening will include a Hilton Garden Inn dinner, entertainment and a host of Live and Silent auction items.
Tickets are just $40.00 per person, or $300 for a table of 8. Reserve your spot by going to this link. https://tatesarmy.org/night-of-testimony/
The Night of Testimony is still accepting Auctions items. If you have an item you would like to donate to the Night of Testimony, please make contact with the Tate's Army Foundation here: https://tatesarmy.org/donate/ You can also contact the Tate's Army Foundation on Facebook.