A FIVE-year-old girl had her foot chopped off and thrown 30ft into the air after she fell in front of a lawnmower ridden by her grandad.
Little Maisie Baker tripped over while her grandfather was mowing the lawn and the blades severed off her right big toe and her entire left foot.
Her horrified mum felt something hit her leg and thought it was a rock – until she realised that it was her daughter's foot.
Emma feared that Maisie would bleed to death as she desperately stemmed the blood flow until paramedics rushed the little girl to hospital.
Surgeons at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, spent 10 hours cleaning the wound and reattaching the flesh – and even after two more operations Maisie may still face her foot having to be amputated.
Devastated mum Emma, 38, is now speaking out about the accident to warn others to keep their children inside when mowing the lawn and is crowdfunding to provide for Maisie's recovery.
'DOESN'T SEEM REAL'
Emma, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, said: "It's heartbreaking. It's the worst thing that anyone could even dream about. It doesn't seem real.
"Her grandfather feels distraught. He is constantly crying. He feels guilty. He doesn't know how to react or what to do to make it better.
"It's very frustrating because of the coronavirus, he is unable to visit to try and console her and speak to her about it. Obviously there have been options of FaceTiming but it's not enough.
"Stay inside when mowing and do not go out at all when there is a lawnmower in the garden. It takes a second."
With just one parent allowed to visit Maisie at a time due to coronavirus restrictions, Emma and dad Chris, 38, are taking it in turns to be by her bedside.
The couple anticipates that their daughter will need to leave hospital in a wheelchair and will need physiotherapy and counselling to recover – with the possibility of prosthetics not ruled out.
The couple are fundraising to pay for Maisie's future treatment and have raised more than £3,850 so far.
You can donate to Maisie's cause here.
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