News

Toddler's fingers taken in horrific lawn mower accident

Bundaberg toddler Lexi Briggs before her left hand was significantly damaged in a lawn mower accident.
Bundaberg toddler Lexi Briggs before her left hand was significantly damaged in a lawn mower accident. Contributed

SHE should have been celebrating her four-year-old brother's birthday, but instead Bundaberg toddler Lexi Briggs was being flown to Brisbane for emergency surgery after a horrific backyard accident.

Nearly two weeks on from the incident which saw two-year-old Lexi's left hand significantly damaged after she placed it into the path of moving lawn mower blades, the little fighter remains in the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital.

Four surgeries later and Lexi's little finger and thumb are gone, the three middle fingers have been amputated below the knuckles and skin grafts from her right thigh have been used to repair her damaged palm.

 

ROAD TO RECOVERY: Brother Joel Briggs, mum Jan Saker and dad Craig Briggs with Lexi Briggs, who is recovering in Brisbane.
ROAD TO RECOVERY: Brother Joel Briggs, mum Jan Saker and dad Craig Briggs with Lexi Briggs, who is recovering in Brisbane.

"They couldn't save her fingers: she's basically lost her pinkie and most of her thumb and the top part of her three middle fingers ," Lexi's mum, Jan Saker, said.

"They've taken a skin graft and covered the area and the nerves and blood vessels have responded well, but the skin still needs to heal.

"It's going to be a while until they can shape and reconstruct the hand in the next couple of months."

The best case scenario will see Lexi retain some movement in her hand and hopefully prosthetic fingers are an option down the track.

"She won't have a thumb but she'll still have movement and she'll have her pointer, index and ring finger fused together so she can use it to help the other hand," Ms Saker

"And then down the line ... maybe in a year or two year's time when everything has healed properly, we'll think about a prosthetic hand or fingers for her."

Ms Saker said while the incident had changed Lexi's life forever, she was speaking out to warn others about how a spilt second was all it took for an accident to happen.

 

BRAVE GIRL: Bundaberg toddler Lexi Briggs is recovering in Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital.
BRAVE GIRL: Bundaberg toddler Lexi Briggs is recovering in Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. Contributed

The family had planned to celebrate Lexi's brother Joel's fourth birthday in a nearby park but at the last moment they decided to relocate to their yard and Lexi's father Craig Briggs decided to tidy it up yard by mowing the lawn.

After finishing up, Lexi wanted to sit on the ride-on mower and was between Craig's legs when he moved the mower just away from the concrete.

"The other wheel hit a bump and where Lexi was sitting, she lost her balance," Ms Saker said.

"She fell off the mower on to the ground and when she went to get up she put her hand down where the blade was. It all happened so quickly."

Ms Saker said if they had the time over they'd lock the children inside while the lawn mower was in use, but until the accident happened it was not something she considered.

"Maybe this will warn others to be more careful," she said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by Lexi's to help pay the family's expenses while they are in Brisbane and to assist with travel.

To help out visit www.gofundme.com/ helping-2-yr-old-little-lexi.

Topics:  editors picks


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Good cop, bye cop: Sgt Wiltshire calls it a day with Miles

Miles Police officer-in-charge Sergeant Ben Wiltshire is moving on after more than six years.

In a period of change, Sgt Ben Wiltshire has witnessed a lot.

Daylight saving: 'Draw a line from Goondiwindi to Rocky'

Sunset in maryborough, Queensland. - User Contributed

Just draw a line from Goondiwindi to Rockhampton

Dedicated Dulcie is our Citizen of the Year

Dulcie Graham is Western Downs Regional Council's 2017 Citizen of the Year for the Chinchilla district.

Devoted volunteer Dulcie Graham wins Citizen of the Year.

Local Partners

Elsa voice actor's son hates Frozen

Idina Menzel's son "hates" his mother's most famous film 'Frozen'

Chrissy Teigen likes her "soft" stretch marks

Stretch marks are no problem for Chrissy Teigen

Naomie Harris in the dark over Daniel Craig's future as 007

Naomie Harris has no idea if Daniel Craig will be returning as 007

REVIEW: Will Kasey Chambers' Dragonfly take off with fans?

Kasey Chambers’ new album Dragonfly gets 3.5 stars from Cameron Adams.

CHAMBERS is back with her 11th studio album.

Ed Sheeran wants Beyonce collaboration

Ed Sheeran wants to record a duet with Beyoncé.

Nicole Kidman squirms through questions on Keith

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

'God, you guys are personal ... that’s for him to talk about'

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!