A 2-year-old boy's foot was severed when he crossed the path of a riding lawn mower driven by his mother over the weekend.
The woman was riding a commercial zero turn riding mower Saturday reportedly saw her toddler run toward her, Pasco County officials said. She attempted to power off the mower in vain when she saw the boy.
As the boy approached, officials said, he fell and his leg became caught under the mower, severing it between the knee and ankle.
When emergency responders arrived, Pasco Fire Rescue packed the severed leg in ice and the boy was taken to a Tampa-area hospital.
Two years ago, 2-year-old Palm Harbor girl suffered the same fatewhen her father accidentally backed over her with a riding mower in the family's driveway.
With one hand sliced open and both of her legs severed at mid-calf, she was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital. The toddler underwent seven surgeries in the three weeks that followed the accident.
Each year, an estimated 800 children are run over by riding mowers, according to the Amputee Coalition. About 75 percent of those result in amputation.