Originally Posted by dilogdp
Allowed 10 yr old son to ride utility ATV that was way too big for him. After crashing and being airlifted and spending 6 weeks at the Univ of Pitt ICU I sold off most of my family's ATVs and dirt bikes.
Nothing worse than running over to a child and not knowing if they're dead, paralyzed or "just" injured.
God was with us that day - he lost a kidney and punctured his diaphram but eventually fully recovered.
nothing is worse then feeling responsible for your childs pain & suffering.
happy to hear he pulled through ok. I'm sure you relive that day everytime you look at an atv
I know how you feel-
I tore my (6 yo at the time) flesh off his nose, eye & cheek- exposing bone and cracked his eye socket. He was playing outside near his sandbox while I was on my lawn tractor 100' away- a sharp rock about 3" was sucked up by the deck and my sons face was the first thing that stopped it
looked like something out of a horror movie- I though I killed my son- I'd never seen so much blood- and my son had fainted.
he recovered- but I didn't. He has a big "V" scar on his face- and wears glasses now. I broke down 2 days later and had to have my wife and FIL pick me up from the breakdown lane on the highway- I couldn't handle what I did. I still have nightmares about it.
lowest point I've ever been in my entire life by far.
now no one is allowed outside when I'm on the lawn tractor mowing the lawn.