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Good Morning America, ABC News: Lawn Mower Safety

More than 80,000 people go to the emergency room each year because of lawn mower injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. That's a troubling statistic that hasn't gone down in recent years. 

Ashlyn Potter, just 2 1/2, broke her left leg and nearly lost two toes after she was run over by a lawn mower.

"My grandfather was mowing the lawn and she ran up," her mother, Jacee Dewey, told ABC News. "He was backing up and didn't see her."

Her surgeon, Dr. Dale Jarka, of Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, was so alarmed by the number of lawn mower injuries she was seeing, she sent out an alert to the community. "We had the same number by June 1st, [2015] as we had in all of 2014," Jarka said.

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