Owensville firemen from the Mt. Sterling station and Hermann Area Ambulance District personnel were dispatched to a 911 call to the Jan Wooley residence in the 2400 block of Fowler Road near Route K west of Bay at 4:40 p.m. May 19 for a victim with “possible amputation and severe bleeding.”
Owensville Fire Chief Curtis Aytes said he and another firefighter responded in personal vehicles and learned en route that family members of Amelia Allums, 6, were taking her by private vehicle to meet the ambulance traveling south from Hermann. He said the girl’s family used a belt to make a tourniquet to help control the bleeding. Her injuries included a severe laceration on her leg leading up to her hip.
Aytes immediately requested a helicopter ambulance meet the family once contact was made with Hermann ambulance staff. The girl’s family traveled to the Swiss community along Routes W and F to Highway 19 and then north of Swiss to met an Air Evac helicopter crew at the Gasconade County Sheriff’s Department’s Swiss substation.
Within 40 minutes of the incident, the youngster was on her way to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis where she was reported to be in “good spirits” on Monday, said Sheriff’s Capt. Chuck Howard after a conversation with the girl’s mother, Brittany Allums.
Howard said the incident was a terrible accident. “The grandmother was mowing, she backed up and knocked the girl down, and mowed off her foot,” said Howard. “She had a laceration up her leg to the hip.”
Howard said Sgt. Scott Eiler went to the residence and met with the girl’s grandmother. He then drove the remains of the damaged appendage to the hospital. Doctors, however, were unable to save the girl’s badly damaged foot, Howard was told.
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