Inflatable bouncy houses and slides can provide a day of fun and frolic for many children. They are a staple of birthday parties and outdoor cookouts. However, without proper setup and supervision, these amusements can lead to serious injury for both adults and children.
More than 30 children are injured and treated in emergency rooms daily for injuries that were suffered on inflatable amusements. Some of the most common injuries are fractures, sprains, and strains. However, there have also been reports of both inflatable waterslides and bounce houses being blown away with children inside of them during high winds.
WSB TV reports that a Georgia teacher has been paralyzed after a catastrophic inflatable waterslide accident.
The incident happened on Memorial Day in Savannah, Georgia.
Richmond Hill teacher Valerie Feske was attending a small neighborhood event with family and friends. They had rented the waterslide and Feske went to the top of the slide to play with the children.
One of the children accidentally ran into her, knocking her from the top of the slide. She was rushed to a Savannah hospital with serious injuries to her spine.
A GoFundMe set up by the family updated to say that Feske suffered from an ASIA A C7 spinal cord injury. Her family said that she is currently paralyzed from the chest down. However, following surgery, she is regaining some movement in her arms and feeling in her chest.
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