Avoiding lawnmower tragedies

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Experts say 17,000 children are injured by lawnmowers each year, with hundreds of accidents resulting in amputations.

(WDIV) According to the Cleveland Clinic, more than 17,000 children are injured by lawnmowers each year. More than 600 of those children suffer an amputation.

One Michigan family is working to change that.

It was a Saturday afternoon in May 2014, and Sean Alexander of Milan was starting to mow the yard. His 5 year-old son Tyler was inside the house with mom Kelli Firouzi, who was throwing in some laundry.

No one saw Tyler slip outside to try and shoot his dad with a marshmallow gun. Alexander backed up — and felt a bump. It was Tyler.

“I didn’t even realize he was outside till I heard the screams, ‘Call 9-1-1, Tyler’s hurt,'” said Firouzi.

Then she saw the blood.

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