Centreville child’s foot amputated in mowing accident
Special from the Bay Times
— The quick actions of police officers may have saved the life of a 3-year-old boy whose foot was amputated in a mowing accident April 22.
Emergency personnel were dispatched at 11:44 a.m. to the 200-block of Fairview Farm Lane for an unknown emergency with screaming and a child crying, said Lt. Dale Patrick of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office. Before they arrived, they were updated to respond to the Centreville Police Department
parking lot, where they met the family with the injured child.
The 3-year-old had been in the house with his mother, while his father was out mowing the lawn, Patrick said. The boy managed to open the door on his own and went running toward the riding mower; his father didn’t see the boy, and as he made a turn the mower ran over the child, amputating his foot, Patrick said.
Maj. Dwayne Boardman and officers from CPD quickly applied a tourniquet in the parking lot to stop the bleeding, he said.
The quick actions of Boardman, the CPD officers, Goodwill Fire Company volunteers and county paramedics likely saved the child’s life, Patrick said.
The child was taken by ambulance to a landing zone set up in a field near Centreville United Methodist Church, then moved to a Maryland State Police helicopter, which flew him to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore.
Patrick and Lt. Mark Meil retrieved the remains of the child’s foot and delivered them to the helicopter, too, he said.
Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services received word from Hopkins that “there is no doubt that the application of that tourniquet absolutely saved the child’s life today,” Patrick said.
He praised the “excellent job” done by all the personnel responding to the emergency — “dispatchers, law enforcement, fire depart- ment, EMS and MSP Aviation.”
The child’s condition was listed as “undetermined” Friday night, said Marisol Martinez with media relations at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
The sheriff’s criminal investigations unit is handling the investigation.