Boy Loses Leg in Boat Accident ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Friday, August 4, 2006

Boy Loses Leg in Boat Accident

A 16-year-old boy had to have his leg amputated after a near-fatal boating accident (03AUG06). Chandler Balkman was swimming in Lake Sammamish when his 19-year-old sister accidentally ran over him with the family boat. The propeller had sliced through his right pelvis, hitting an artery. Surgeons at Harborview Medical Center had to remove the leg to save his life.

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  1. Our 1992 monograph at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health on the issue of propeller injuries and product design deficiencies (lacking propguards, etc.) was predictive that there would be more needless injuries of this type.

    Ben Kelley
    benjamin.kelley@tufts.edu
    www.producthazardconsulting.com

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