Teen loses toes in mower accident
THE mother of a 15-year-old boy who lost three toes in an incident involving a tractor mower spoke last night of her horror at what happened.
Brian Byrne, from Donomore Park in Tallaght, Co Dublin, had his toes sliced off by the mower blades when he was out playing with his younger brother and cousin in nearby Killinarden Park.
The incident has left his mother Sharon Byrne, who has been living in the area for 22 years, unable to go near the scene.
"I just can't bring myself to do it," she said. "I'm still in shock and I just don't think I will ever be able to go there again."
Brian suffered the injuries when the boys jumped on to the back of a tractor mower cutting grass in the park at about 9.30am on Friday, August 13.
His brother Luke (13) and cousin Jeff Pearse (15) managed to get off the mower successfully, but Brian's foot became caught in the tractor as it reversed, causing him to be dragged across the park.
"Luke saved his brother's life. He came running home and got me. I thought he was joking at first but when I realised he wasn't I ran,'' said Ms Byrne.
Since then the teenager has had to undergo three operations in Tallaght hospital and has been told he'll have to learn to walk again as a result of his injuries. He remains in hospital and will now face into months of physiotherapy and possibly counselling to help him come to terms with what happened.
"To any other kids out there even thinking about messing around like that I'd say don't even attempt it," Ms Byrne warned.
"You don't realise the dangers until it happens to one of your own."
The incident has led South Dublin County Council and local gardai to carry out separate inquiries.
A statement from the council's parks department said that "a full investigation into all details surrounding the incident is under way at present".