Boy injured in mower accident remains in critical condition at TGH

By Dalia Dangerfield and Melissa Eichman, Reporters
Last Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013, 4:46 PM

A 2-year-old boy remains at Tampa General Hospital today after officials say he was run over by a lawn mower.

The accident happened Wednesday morning at a home in the 400 block of Hayride Ave. in Lake Placid.

According to the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, Anthony Meza was brought to the emergency room at Florida Hospital Lake Placid after his mother, 23-year-old Maria Isabel Huerto Bello, was mowing the yard and ran over Meza's leg.

Meza was riding his bike when his mother put the lawn mower in reverse and struck her son.

Gema Eufracio lives near the family and described the woman as a responsible mother.

"They are good people. The baby was inside most of the time, when she walks her other son to the school bus stop she carries the baby. They are good neighbors," said Eufracio.

The staff at Florida Hospital Lake Placid stabilized the boy and transferred him to Tampa General Hospital. Meza is in critical but stable condition in Pediatric Intensive Care. He may require further surgery on the leg.

Highlands Sheriff Susan Benton said an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

This isn't the first time an accident of this type has happened recently in central Florida.

In July, a 4-year-old girl from Hardee County was taken to Tampa General after her father backed over her leg with a riding lawn mower. She lost part of her right foot and is currently doing physical therapy in Tampa.

Meanwhile, the Bay area child injured in a lawn mower accident in April, Ireland Nugent, is now using prosthetic legs. Nugent lost both legs just below the knees were she was run over by her father's lawnmower at their Palm Harbor home.