A Dangerous Lesson

A Dangerous Lesson

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PARENTS TO S
>>>YOU’VE HEARD THE WARNINGS,
TONIGHT YOU WILL SEE THE
CONSEQUENCES OF AN ACCIDENT
INVOLVING FIREWORKS.
>>OUR EMILY LONGNECKER SPOKE
WITH A 10-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO
LEARNED A DANGEROUS AND POWERFUL
LESSON.
>>MAKING A BASKET USED TO BE
EASY.
NOW IT IS A HUGE VICTORY FOR
10-YEAR-OLD DAYTON MINOR.
HE IS SHOOTING WITH ONLY HIS
LEFT HAND.
HE HAS NO CHOICE.
HE LOST ALL THE FINGERS AND PART
OF HIS RIGHT HAND LAST AUGUST IN
AN ACCIDENT WITH A FIREWORK HE
FOUND IN HIS DRIVEWAY.
>>IT WAS UNDERNEATH THE CAR.
>>DAYTON WENT INSIDE AND GOT A
LIGHTER.
>>I SAW HIM GRAB SOMETHING OFF
THE TABLE AND WALKED OUTSIDE.
AND I FOLLOWED HIM OUTSIDE, I
YOU SAID, DAYTON, STOP.
>>LIKE, IT JUST LIKE
IMMEDIATELY JUST LIKE BLEW UP.
I COULDN’T REALLY LIKE FEEL
ANYTHING.
LIKE AT ALL.
>>AND THEN DAYTON TURNED
AROUND, AND HE WAS STARTING TO
CRY.
HE HAD A BIG HOLE IN HIS SHORTS,
AND HIS HAND WAS COVERED IN
BLOOD.
>>IT LOOKED LIKE SOMETHING FROM
A WAR MOVIE.
>>WHEN THEY LAID ME DOWN, I
COULDN’T FEEL ANYTHING.
>>HE WAS FLOWN BY HELICOPTER TO
RILEY HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN
WHERE HE UNDERWENT SURGERY AND
SPENT THE NEXT TEN DAYS.
AND THEN THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS
OF FOLLOW-UP VISITS TO THE
HOSPITAL AND HEALING, LEARNING
TO BE LEFT-HANDED.
>>IT WAS REALLY, REALLY HARD.
NOW THAT I’VE DONE IT A LOT, IT
IS ACTUALLY REALLIESE
IS ACTUALLY REALLIYSE
IS ACTUALLY REALLIY EASY, AND IT
IS ACTUALLY REALLIY EASY, AND I
ONLY TOOK ME A WEEK TO GET USED
TO IT.
>>YOU CAN SEE IT BETTER WHEN
IT’S NOT WRAPPED.
>>WHAT’S TAKING LONGER TO ADAPT
IS THE ENTIRE SUMMER, ADDING
SEVERAL MORE MONTHS OF HEALING
TIME.
>>IT IS WEIRD, BECAUSE I ADDED
SKIN TO IT.
>>IN MAY, DOCTORS REMOVED THE
BIG TOE ON DAYTON’S LEFT FOOT,
ATTACHING IT TO HIS RIGHT HAND
TO ACT AS A THUMB.
>>I HAD A HARD TIME, A HUGE
TIME, LIKE MAKING THIS DECISION,
LIKE, DO WE DO IT?
DO WE NOT?
>>TWO MORE SURGERIES IN THE
SUMMER AND FALL NEXT, WHERE
DOCTORS WILL REMOVE TWO TOES
FROM DAYTON’S RIGHT FOOT AND
ATTACH THEM TO HIS RIGHT HAND,
TOO.
>>I DIDN’T WANT TO DO IT AT
ALL, BUT MY MOM SAYS IT’S GOING
TO BE EASIER WHEN YOU’RE OLDER.
>>IT’S GOING TO GIVE HIM
FUNCTION BACK OF THAT HAND, GIVE
HIM FUNCTION, YOU KNOW, TO WHERE
HE CAN LIVE AN EVERY-DAY LIFE.
>>AS NORMAL AS POSSIBLE.
FOR NOW, THOUGH, NORMAL IS HARD
FOR A 10-YEAR-OLD, SPENDING HIS
SUMMER IN A WHEELCHAIR HEALING
FROM SURGERY.
>>IT STINKS LIKE WATCHING
EVERYBODY ELSE PLAY.
>>MAKING YouTube VIDEOS WITH
HIS BROTHER PASSES SOME OF THE
TIME.
>>WHENEVER HE NEEDS HELP…HIS
BROTHER NICHOLAS IS USUALLY
THERE FOR A PUSH, AND A JOKE OR
TWO.
DAYTON IS STILL JUST A KID AFTER
ALL, ONE WHO HAS LEARNED A
REALLY TOUGH LESSON ABOUT NOT
PLAYING WITH FIREWORKS, AND WHY
HIS MOTHER ALWAYS WARNED HIM
ABOUT HOW DANGEROUS THEY COULD
BE.
>>THERE’S A REASON WHY THEY
TELL YOU THAT.
>>DAYTON NOISE IT NOW, AND HAS
A WARNING FOR OTHER KIDS.
>>TELL THEM NOT TO DO IT, THEY
CAN GET REALLY HURT.
>>EMILY LONGNECKER, EYEWITNESS
NEWS.
>>HE WILL HEAD TO RILEY TO
SCHEDULE A TOE TRANSPLANT, WHICH
WILL INVOLVE MONTHS OF RECOVERY.
DESPITE WARNINGS, INJURIES LIKE
THIS CONTINUE TO IMPACT
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE EVERY YEAR.
>>ACCORDING TO THE CONSUMER
PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION’S
LATEST REPORT, U.S. EMERGENCY
ROOMS TREATED 12,000 PEOPLE FOR
FIREWORK RELATED ACCIDENTS.
KIDS YOUNGER THAN 15 ACCOUNTED
FOR ABOUT A QUARTER OF THE
INJURIES.
SPARKLERS CAUSED MOST OF THE
PROBLEMS, ESPECIALLY WITH
CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN FIVE.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO REFRESH
YOUR MEMORY ABOUT CAUTIONS, HEAD
TO OUR WEB PAGE, wthr.com,
SEARCH FOR THE KEY WORD FIREWORK
SAFETY.
>>THERE’S ANOTHER THING TO KEEP
IN MIND, IF YOU BREAK THE LAW
WHILE SETTING OFF THE FIREWORKS,
YOUR INSURANCE POLICY MAY NOT
COVER ANY DAMAGE YOU’VE CAUSED.
BUT IF SOMEONE ELSE SETS OFF
FIREWORKS AND HURTS YOU OR
DAMAGES YOUR HOUSE, YOU WILL
LIKELY BE ABLE TO MAKE A CLAIM
UNDER THEIR INSURANCE.
>>RIGHT NOW, THE FIREWORKS ARE

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