This year, we’ve been reporting on a number of lawnmower accidents.
Around two months ago, a three-year-old girl lost most of her right leg in an accident. Doctors say if the lawnmower had gone just a little further, the little girl would have been killed.
We’d like to think Reece Baderschneider’s story is unique. But sadly, the American Academy of Pediatrics says around 17,000 children need emergency room care each year because of lawn mower accidents.
Now Reece’s mom and dad are speaking up, hoping their story is a warning to others about lawn mower safety.
Mom Danielle Jermeland says she was getting her three-year-old twins ready for bed. Little Grayson ran one way and Reece ran the other.
“I grabbed Grayson and took him in the house and came back to get her and she had gone off the deck.”
Boyfriend Tanner Miller didn’t hear Reece run his way, as he backed up a riding lawn mower.
Reece had to go through eight surgeries and almost lost her life.
Danielle says, “The beginning ones (surgeries) were strictly to wash the wound, to get grass out, because lawn mowers, the grass embedded into the leg.”
Reece is now using a walker to get around, and they’re hoping to get her a prosthetic soon!
Danielle says, ” I used to be one of those people that you know how would that happen and I know now, it happens too quick, they’re fast.” She is telling parents to not put their kids on lawn mowers.
She’s also asking parents to please try and teach their kids to stay away from them, and be vigilant and aware.
There is going to be a benefit for Reece in October at Hawkeye Community Hall!
Reece’s Benefit is on October 5th, 2019 from 5 p.m. until midnight. It will be at the Hawkeye Community Hall.