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Dominic has always been a very energetic child. Like most kids he loved to run around the yard and be outside. Dominic especially loved to do yard work and cut the grass with his grandpa and plant flowers with his grandma. On June 8, 2007, our family learned very fast just how dangerous a lawnmower can be to a small child.

Four-year-old Dominic was cutting grass with his grandpa. When they were finished, Dominic was placed on the porch while his grandpa went to put the lawnmower back into the building. Deciding to play a game with his grandpa, Dominic went off the porch and hid behind the lawnmower where his grandpa could not see him. As his grandpa went to back up and park the lawnmower, it accidentally ran over Dominic. Dominic’s left foot was completely severed, he had a huge blade cut to the upper right thigh, and multiple cuts to his small body.

Dominic went into shock. The paramedics acted quickly and he was rushed to one hospital and then life-flighted to another. What was amazing to me, was that within minutes of us arriving at the hospital I was told that a Shriner had contacted us and would ensure Dominic was taken care of by Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville.

Dominic stayed in PICU for 11 days where he underwent 10 surgeries. During the stay, we were able to tour the Greenville Shriners Hospital. The staff was amazing and greeted us with open arms. Dominic has been a patient at the Greenville Shriners Hospital since that time. Now at age 12, he visits the hospital every six months where they check his limb, hips and his stability on his prosthesis.

The Greenville Shriners Hospital is a remarkable place that provides emotional support to the family as well as the child. They show their patients that there is nothing they can’t overcome. As a small child who had just gone through a tragedy, Dominic needed people like that in his life.

I am so proud of the young man Dominic has become. It is amazing to see a child go through so much in life and not let it stop them. People say that children are very resilient. I am so proud to be Dominic’s mother because he has shown everyone that the statement is correct. There isn’t a challenge he cannot overcome and he doesn’t let his handicap get in his way. 

The lawnmower accident was very upsetting to me because I was so worried about what was going to happen to Dominic in the future. Now I know that Dominic will be fine. He has his family and friends and the support of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville.

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