Thirteen lawn mower accident families and survivors – from over ten states – gathered together in Central Florida to film a PSA about lawnmower safety.
13 kids. 11 of them amputees.
Just a small sampling of the nearly 600 that lose limbs to lawn mower accidents each year
Jodi and Brett Bainter organized the PSA after years of counseling other families after their son was injured in a lawn mower accident in 2004. 16 surgeries and four years later, their son, Jake lost his leg.
“During the time of our accident, I was told it was a freak accident. But they continue every year,” Brett said.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in the last five years alone, nearly 17,000 children younger than 19 suffered mower-related injuries.
In 2012, Jodi published Make it Morning hoping to inspire others. Slowly, the Bainter’s became a refuge for other lawn mower accident families.
“It’s very, very hard for dads and even for me,” Brett said. “Our accident happened a long time ago, and it’s still hard. But it’s not about us. It’s about the families that came to Orlando for this, and we honestly think it’s a sense of healing for them.”
The Bainter family will share their story on “Answered Prayers,” a series airing 10 p.m. Sunday’s on TLC. Roma Downey, the “Touched by an Angel” star hosts the series and is the Executive Producer.
“When we got the call [from the show] last fall, it stopped us in our tracks,” Jodi said. “We were not sure we’re interested in talking about our family.” But she added, “We had seen what prayer can do. We personally experienced it.”
“I felt the Bainters’ story was profoundly moving, and I believe the courage and faith of this young family will be an inspiration to others.” Downey said.
On the day of Jake’s surgery, the family met Bill Hansbury, an amputee on the side of the road, and stopped to talk to him. “If I can do it, you can do it,” Hansbury told Jake.
“We feel like our work’s not done,” Jodi said. “We have families continue to call. I’d like to stop meeting families that way. It’s preventable. Keep kids in the home while operating a mower. We want to protect kids. We hope it will make parents think differently.”
The group has raised over $10,000 through their giving forward fundraising campaign, https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/zn09/the-lawnmower-safety-psa-fund-limbs-matter to film and produce the PSA.