The photo shows the child riding down a slide in her mother's lap.

(Courtesy of Heather Clare, Facebook)

Frightening Photo Is A Warning Parents About A Very Common Injury On Slides

The photo is from 2015, but has recently gone viral as a PSA to parents about slide safety for young children.

July 02, 2018 - 10:47 am

The photo of a 1-year-old girl's leg injury has been shared more than 105,000 times since it was posted on Facebook last week. Heather Clare, who shared the photo of her and her daughter going a slide says she is "thankful" that her message is being spread. 

The photo was taken in 2015 and shows her holding her daughter as they go down a playground slide. But what makes the photo so gruesome is that it captured the moment her daughter's foot was caught on the side of the slide and angled back unnaturally. She had broken her right leg's tibia and fibula.

The injury prevention nurse coordinator at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis says that's just one of many all too common playground injuries. Lori Winkler tells KMOX, kids too young to use monkey bars are also a common sight in emergency rooms. 

"Their arms give out, they fall, their arms give out and they fracture dislocate their elbow," Winkler says. 

Winkler says parents need to ensure playground equipment is appropriate for their child's age. She says many sets are too large and have platforms where kids can suffer serious falls. 

She says young children should use slides alone.