Australian model Kerry Lucas recently opened up to Women’s Day Magazine for the first time since losing her son, 5 month old Leonardo, in a tragic drowning accident last year. Kerry said that losing her son has caused her heart to break in a way that she says will never heal. She explained,
To bury your own child is the worst suffering that could ever happen to any parent. After losing Leo, I felt so empty that there were days when I felt like a ghost in my own life.
Leonardo died after his mother turned her back briefly while on their walk, to answer her cell phone. His stroller rolled off the trail they were walking and into the water, where he drowned shortly after. A similar case happened just last week when a little girl’s grandmother was pushing her on the same trail and her stroller rolled off the trail and into the water and she drowned, just as Leo did.
These untimely deaths have prompted the South Australian Government to order a safety audit of the entire River Torrens Linear Trail. They have agreed to consider all safety measures while an assessment of the trail is completed. In addition, the government is also looking into the strollers used as well – both were three-wheeled joggers. They’ve issued a warning that even though we assume all three-wheeled strollers are made for jogging, they’re not all the same. Some have small warnings that they’re not to be used at increased speeds. Other were tested and the fold/collapse lever was mistaken for the brake. The Australian government is looking into having much stricter standards for design or at least warnings.
Kerry agreed to do this interview to bring attention to this problem so others can possibly be saved. She is donating the money she received for the interview to SIDS and to the court appeal.
Source: The Daily Telegraph
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