LENEXA, Kan. (CBS St. Louis) – A 4-year-old boy lost a leg and could possibly lose an arm after his father accidentally ran over him while mowing their lawn.

Truett Shacklett got behind the mower and became tangled in it as his dad mowed the lawn Sunday afternoon. He was flown to a hospital for treatment where doctors amputated his right leg below the knee and are working to save his injured arm, KMBC reported.

“[It was] just an accident and really frightful situation. Dad responded immediately, he threw the lawn mower over and ran him to the house and they called 911 immediately and he was flighted out,” Rev. Brian Wright,who is a pastor at Cedar Ridge Christian Church, told KSHB.

Since he is so young, doctors explained that Truett will probably have an easier adjustment to a prosthetic leg.

“Some of the people that talked with them, reassured them that since he’s 4 years old, that this in some ways will be a norm for them, it won’t be as big of an adjustment. He will be the kid with some really cool gear,” Wright shared with KSHB.

Wright said that the family is leaning on God and that they are a family of “fierce faith.”

“I tell you, this family has what I call a fierce faith,” Wright told KMBC. “Even in the family waiting room as we were talking with them, they’re almost encouraging us.”

The pastor explained that the Shacklett family is a “model family” that many in the community admire.

“They’re really a model family around here, that’s why so many people have responded,” Wright said to KSHB. “His dad’s involved in the leadership here at the church, his mom is involved in worship, they serve in so many ways, that’s one of the reasons why so many people immediately wanted to respond to them. It was finally some other people’s chance to give back to them.”

One of the Shacklett’s neighbors said that they have only lived in the home for a couple years and that an accident like this isn’t something most people think about.

“It’s something you really don’t think about until it does happen, unfortunately, and so it’s something that’s – looking forward – (is a thing) to look out for,” neighbor Chad Harvey told KMBC. “Watch out for your kids.”


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