Mother's horror as daughter, 3, loses her leg in a lawnmower accident

Mother’s horror as her little girl, 3, loses her leg after running behind a reversing ride-on lawnmower while her ‘traumatized’ sister, 6, looked on

  • Abigail Reardon, three, was ‘backed over by a ride-on lawn mower’ in late August
  • She was staying at father’s home in Rhode Island when the accident happened
  • The incident resulted in five operations and her left foot being amputated

A mother has shared her distress after her three-year-old daughter lost her leg when running behind a reversing ride-on lawnmower in front of her six-year-old sister.

Abigail Reardon was staying at her father’s home in Rhode Island when she was ‘backed over by a ride-on lawn mower’ in a horrific accident – resulting in five operations and her left foot being amputated.

The little girl was playing outside with her sister Alexa, six, when the incident on August 22 happened, before being rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence.

Abigail’s ‘devastated’ mother Sarah, from Massachusetts, admitted to television station WHDH that she was ‘very, very grateful that it wasn’t worse’, and is now warning other parents to be aware of the dangers of lawnmowers.

A mother has shared her distress after her three-year-old daughter (pictured) lost her leg when running behind a reversing ride-on lawnmower in front of her six-year-old sister

Abigail Reardon (pictured with her sister and mother) was staying at her father’s home in Rhode Island when she was ‘backed over by a ride-on lawn mower’ in a horrific accident – resulting in five operations and her left foot being amputated

Sarah said: ‘I am grieving and crushed, for what happened, but she is still my girl. She is still the same silly, goofy, happy little three-year-old and that personality just came back to life in the hospital.

‘As devastated as I am by what happened to her, it was this weird mix of being very very grateful that it wasn’t worse. It easily could have been.’ 

Suggesting too many families treat lawnmowers like toys, Sarah added: ‘If you’re mowing, there’s no need for them be outside playing especially around the lawnmower or tractor, and certainly don’t give rides on it, it is a dangerous machine.’

Sarah’s friend Karen launched a crowd-fundraiser for Abigail, explaining that the little girl will need many prosthetic legs as she grows. 

The little girl was playing outside with her sister Alexa (pictured together), six, when the incident on August 22 happened, before being rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence

Abigail’s ‘devastated’ mother Sarah, from Massachusetts, admitted to television station WHDH that she was ‘very very grateful that it wasn’t worse’. Pictured: Alexa and Abigail

Abigail is due for another surgery this week and will eventually be fitted for a prosthesis. 

Writing on GoFundMe, the friend said: ‘Right now, it is overwhelming to process everything coming at this little girl and her family. 

‘Abigail has a very long journey ahead of further surgeries, potentially more plastic surgeries, lots of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and counselling.’

Proud mother Sarah also shared on the page that Abigail was improving and even walking around.  

Sarah (pictured with her daughter) is now warning other parents to be aware of the dangers of lawnmowers

Abigail (pictured in hospital) is due for another surgery this week and will eventually be fitted for a prosthesis

‘I still try to restrict her on some things but have let her test the waters. She is so proud when she achieves something new,’ Sarah said. ‘Today’s victory was pulling herself up from a sitting position into her good leg.’

But the mother admitted that her older daughter has been impacted by what she’s witnessed, having seen the accident unfold. 

Sarah said: ‘Alexa is doing OK since witnessing the accident, and has done well with the start of virtual school, but is very sensitive to the sound of lawnmowers, and struggling with separation anxiety and fear of death.

‘It’s a lot for a six-year-old to carry in her little mind,’ she added. ‘I’ve been unable to line up counselling for her yet (thanks COVID) but still trying.’ 

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