WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGE: A mother has shared a sickening image as a warning to other parents about a common playground mistake that saw her one-year-old daughter suffer a broken leg.
What at first glance appears to be a playful family photo has actually captured the moment Meadow Clare’s leg is bent the wrong way as she makes her way down the slide on the lap of her mum in a New York playground.
“This picture is the moment her leg was breaking. She’s still smiling… because it was happening at this exact moment,” Heather Clare wrote in a Facebook warning to all parents.
The mum was unaware the risk she had taken until speaking to doctors in the hospital emergency room.
“When we went to the ER, the super empathetic doctor lectured me on how common this injury is,” she said.
“I had no idea. I thought everyone took their kids down the slide.
She is not only pleading with parents, but local councils around the world, to provide warnings about the dangers of sliding with young children.
“I strongly feel every playground should have a warning sign, but since I’ve never seen one (and we go to a lot of playgrounds),” she wrote.
“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 one.
A 2015 study found more than 352,000 children under the age of six were injured on slides in the US between 2002 and 2015, with a large percentage of those injuries leg fractures.