GENOA TOWNSHIP (WWJ) – A young girl is in critical condition following a lawn mower accident in Genoa Township, near Ann Arbor.

The three-year-old was accidentally run over by a riding lawn mower being operated by her grandfather.  Police said the grandfather was mowing the lawn and did not see the girl when he was backing up.

The child’s leg reportedly suffered severe injuries to her leg and other parts of her body.  She was rushed to the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor for treatment.

Neighbors told reporters the grandfather was also taken to the hospital, exhibiting signs of a panic attack or heart attack.

Last year, 253,000 people were treated for lawn mower-related injuries, nearly 17,000 of them children under age 19, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

With the summer underway, doctors recommend that parents use extra precaution when operating lawn mowers.  Doctors at Mott report that at least five area children have been treated for serious injuries caused by lawn mowers.  U-M doctors typically see 2-3 cases like this each summer.

“I’ve seen broken and dislocated bones, deep cuts, missing fingers and toes, limb amputations, burns, and eye injuries from lawn mower accidents,” said Dr. Peter Ehrlich, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Pediatric Trauma, in a statement.  “All of these cases have one thing in common, that they were all avoidable.”

“The dangers are very real, but very preventable,” added Amy Teddy, Injury Prevention Program Manager at Mott.

To prevent lawn mower injuries, doctors at the Mott Pediatric Trauma Program suggest:

• Children should be at least 12 years old before they operate any lawn mower, and at least 16 years old for a ride-on mower.
• Children should never be passengers on ride-on mowers.
• Young children should remain inside when a lawn mower is being used.
• Pick up stones, toys and debris from the lawn to prevent injuries from flying objects.

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Comments (10)
  1. omaha steaks says:

    this is so sad because grandpa is going to never forget this and nor will the pooor grandbaby
    get well little one

  2. Dan says:

    You can see this all the time, people cutting their grass and little kids running around nearby. What is wrong with people – no common sense or just plain stupidity. I sure hope grandpa was not talking on his cell phone.

    1. Momma Bear says:

      Shame on you for even thinking that! The focus should be on this little one getting well, and there is this word called ACCIDENT.

      1. Mike says:

        It’s not an accident if it’s totally preventable by taking simple precautions. Somebody was not keeping an eye on the child to keep her away from the lawn mower.
        Tragic, but no accident

      2. Lucy says:

        Exactly! It’s a sham, some people are so quick to throw out the opinions, but not their prayers.

  3. Momma Bear says:

    Apparently you don’t have children…

    1. angeleyes92220 says:

      WELL APPARENTLY I DO!! My three year old daughter was run over by a riding lawn mower operated by her grandmother…..while on visitation with her father…I feel that it is the adults responsibility to make sure these children are not any where near a lawn mower when it is running…I have felt this way my entire life, even before my child was injured….yes accidents happen and I am sure this grandfather feels horrible….I pray that this child makes out as well as my daughter…whose leg was almost completely severed….CHILDREN SHOULD NEVER BE OUT IN AN AREA WHEN ANY TYPE OF LAWNMOWER IS IN USE…. not trying to be rude….just stating my opinion on this matter….and trust me…..when I see anyone mowing with a child riding or near the mower…I DO STOP AND VOICE MY OPINION

  4. Lucy says:

    That was for Momma bears comment, and I meant Shame

  5. fred says:

    does anyone know where to donate for this girl

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