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Mom warns other parents of slide danger
WEST ALLIS – Little Logan Wienke is only 15-months-old, but he already knows the hassle of trying to get around on a cast.
Logan's leg has been out of commission since a trip to the park a couple weeks ago where his mom was a little reluctant to let her son adventure alone.
“He's one who likes to go down head first and he doesn't like to sit. So he's a daredevil,” said mom Jenny Wienke.
It was a trip down the slide that landed Logan in a cast, but not because of anything *he* did wrong.
Aurora Medical Center orthopedist Dr. Joe Kohli explained it was just physics.
“If their leg gets caught and the parent is moving down the slide and may not be able to stop, it's possible to twist that kid's leg and you break their shin bone,” Kohli said.
Mom was a little afraid to let Logan go down the slide alone, so she got on with him – with the toddler in her lap.
His foot got caught on the side of the slide, but mom kept moving.
“It was a shriek initially and then he was scared,” said Jenny Wienke.
Logan wound up in the emergency room with a broken leg and mom wound up feeling just awful that her good intentions ended in something so bad.
“I think I cried more in those first two or three days than I have in my entire life because I felt so guilty,” she said. “I thought I was doing the right thing and then I ended up breaking his bones because of it.”
In her search for answers about what happened, Jenny looked online and learned she is by no means alone.
In 2009, a surgeon in New York state started studying leg fractures in toddlers.
The result: Almost 14 percent of broken bones were the result of sliding down a slide on a parent's lap.
"There's so many different ways they can get hurt that you have no control over. This is one of those things you absolutely have control over,” Dr. Kohli said.
This is a message now spreading on blogs and social media and that's why Jenny Wienke asked us to help get the word out.
Luckily, according to Dr. Kohli, kids can bounce back from a bad break like this pretty quickly.
"It will be fine,” he said. “They will go and get their leg splinted. They'll be in a cast or a splint for six weeks. There's going to be no long term problems in most of the cases.”