Old Town boy’s foot severed in lawn mower accident

Posted Aug. 02, 2011, at 7:18 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 02, 2011, at 11:46 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — A 7-year-old local boy was flown to a Bangor hospital early Monday evening after his foot was severed in a lawn mower accident.

The boy, whose name was being withheld by public safety officials, remained in the intensive care unit at Eastern Maine Medical Center on Tuesday, an Old Town Fire Department official said.

The boy was listed in fair condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center on Tuesday night, a hospital nursing supervisor said.

The accident happened shortly before 6 p.m. at Regency Trailer Park on U.S. Route 2 when the boy ran toward his grandfather, who was operating a riding lawn mower, Old Town police Officer Debbie Holmes said Tuesday.

She said the boy tried to stop as he neared the mower but instead slipped and slid partly underneath it.

Holmes said that Old Town paramedics immediately called for a LifeFlight helicopter, which arrived within minutes. A section of Route 2 was closed temporarily to facilitate the rescue.

“It went very well,” Holmes said, crediting quick action on the part of personnel from the city Fire Department and LifeFlight for getting the child to the hospital.

On Tuesday, the community was coming together to support the boy and his family.

Shelly Rhodes, a friend of the boy’s mother, has set up a Facebook page to spread the word about a spaghetti supper and 50-50 raffle being held by the Old Town VFW Ladies Auxiliary next week to raise money for the family.

The dinner is set for 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the VFW Hall located at 64 Water St., Rhodes said. She said that she is in the process of setting up a bank account for those who wish to contribute.

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