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Child Injured By Lawnmower in Steuben County Saturday

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STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WOWO) – A young girl has sustained injuries after she was struck by a lawnmower Saturday evening.

According to a Facebook post by the Ashley-Hudson Police Department, officers responded to a residence on W Garfield St for a female who’s leg was reportedly cut in half. The girl had wandered behind the mower and was struck as the person driving the mower did not know she was back there.

When officers arrived, they found a 7-year-old girl being helped by family and bystanders.  The girl’s uncle had applied a makeshift tourniquet to her leg which helped slow the blood loss until first responders arrived.

She was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital and underwent surgery, with updates indicating a stable recovery.  The girl ended up having her leg amputated near her ankle.

The Ashley Hudson Police Department added a reminder to the public “Please remember that all power equipment is inherently dangerous and serious injuries can occur without warning.”

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