UNIONTOWN, Pa. - A young child was rushed to the hospital with a broken leg after her father said they were playing on a trampoline outside their Fayette County home.
State police were called to the German Township home on Sunshine Hollow Road on Friday after the toddler was seriously injured while playing on the trampoline.
The family told Channel 11’s Cara Sapida that it was an accident. They told investigators her father was holding her while jumping.
“Basically, what the family told us is that the 1-year-old was on the trampoline with dad. At some point, an injury occurred and when they figured it out, they took her to the hospital to receive treatment,” Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Stefani Plume said.
Authorities said no charges were filed, and they simply want to warn parents of the dangers of trampolines.
Pediatricians advise against recreational trampoline use. In fact, the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons says emergency room visits related to trampolines number more than 100,000 every year.
"As more people get on, the risk of injury increases exponentially. If one or two kids jump up, then the trampoline is like concrete for the child coming down. Kids can even break their arms or legs as they land,” said one doctor interviewed by Parents Magazine.