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Toddler critical after lawnmower accident

Tampa, Florida -- Anthony Meza has been stabilized through surgery, but he's still in critical condition after being run over by a lawnmower.

Deputies say the 2-year-old's mother was mowing the yard outside their home in Lake Placid at around 10 a.m. Wednesday. Meza was riding his bike. She put the mower in reverse and backed over the little toddler's leg.

Doctors in Lake Placid made the decision to fly him by helicopter 80 miles west to Tampa General Hospital for treatment.

Meza has had surgery on the leg already.

Highlands County deputies say doctors in Tampa General's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit are deciding whether he'll need another operation.

Unfortunately, the doctors at TGH have experience with this.

Anthony is at least the third child rushed to the hospital since April after a lawnmower accident. And these cases are some of the most challenging a doctor will face.

The tips of a lawnmower blade can reach more than 200 miles an hour. That gives you a sense of the damage the spinning blade can do to a tiny limb. 

Lawnmower injuries are some of the most devastating for doctors to deal with. 

Three reasons mower injuries pose such a challenge:
- The cuts aren't even or clean
- Lost limbs typically can't be reattached
- They can easily get infected because of dirt, grass, and chemicals

The most common ways kids are hurt by mowers:
- They're backed over
- They're riding in the driver's lap and fall off
- The child runs in front of the mower

Remember, even when you're doing something as simple as cutting the grass, under the hood a sharp blade is spinning at the speed of a racing IndyCar.


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