Guard your kids from summer of trauma


OKLAHOMA CITY — A bounce on the backyard trampoline landed 5-year-old Rhianna Jones in the emergency room.

She said, “I was jumping on the trampoline and I fell backwards and hurt my arm.”

Her left arm was severely broken when she fell. 

She’ll be in a sling and colorful cast for at least 10 weeks.

Rhianna’s mother, Cornelia, said, “She can’t do much of anything. Maybe just a bit of splashing. No swimming, no biking, no swimming, no jumping on the trampoline.”

EMSA paramedics have responded to several emergencies in recent days.

They’ve been to near-drownings, boating accidents, even painful sunburns.

Medic Tony MCCarty said, “They want to get outside. They want to be kids. They are going to be kids. So, the more active, the more accidents we’ll see.”

May to Aug. is often called “trauma season.”

Kids 14 and under will be rushed to an ER nearly 3 million times this summer nationwide.

EMSA medics said most injuries are preventable with parental supervision and proper safety gear.

Mccarty told us, “If your child is having fun on wheels, 2 or 4, bike, skateboard or roller skates, they should have proper protective equipment. Helmets and knee pads will limit a lot of trips to the emergency room.”