New York mother, Heather Clare shared the confronting image to warn parents the dangers of going down a slide with your child after her daughter, Meadow broke her leg doing so.
The shocking incident occurred after Meadow’s leg became caught between her mother’s leg and the slide.
Heather captioned the photo with a serious message to warn other parents on Facebook:
‘So every year I do a PSA on going down a slide with your child on your lap. When Meadow was 12 months old (I went down with Matthew first, but he was lucky), I went down the slide with her on my lap and her foot got caught between me and the slide.' she wrote.
Ms Clare continued: 'This picture is the moment her leg was breaking. She’s still smiling... because it was happening at this exact moment. When we went to the ER, the super empathetic 🙄 doctor lectured me on how common this injury is. I had no idea. I thought everyone took their kids down the slide. I strongly feel every playground should have a warning sign, but since I’ve never seen one (and we go to ALOT of playgrounds), I share this picture every year in hopes that the pain Meadow felt and the guilt that I still feel will save other babies and parents from the same. Don’t ever go down a slide with a baby on your lap. There is no SAFE way to go down a slide with your little. ETA: For all of the common sense posts... it is literally one of the top 3 reasons young children are seen in the ER during the Spring and Summer.'
‘For everyone commenting on how I am holding my daughter. We didn’t start this way. She was centered on my lap. When I realized what was happening, I used my top hand to try to stop us and leaned to release her foot. I wasn’t riding down the slide with her on one side and leaning. That’s “common sense.’ she concluded.
The post was met with huge support from other social media users.
One woman commented: ‘Omg that must've been horrendously painful!! Poor girl!! Poor mum too. I would have panicked in that situation’.
‘Bless her heart. I would never thought something like this could happen’ another wrote.
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