LMC Doctors Say More Kid Injuries are Reported
"There is nothing more tragic than to see a young child mangled, dead unnecessarily coming to the emergency room."
Doctors over at the Laredo Medical Center say cases like Omar's happen more often than we know.
They are concerned about seeing an increase in young patients suffering injuries due to not being properly restrained.
"That brings my concern as a parent and as a physician that deals with this every day. We're human too and it' just not fair for a child that depends on an adult to be responsible for their safety. We are failing our children."
Dr. Pallicia says when a child is ejected from a vehicle most of the time they land head first on the street and by the time they get to a hospital, there's just very little left for them to do."
"Usually when you are ejected from a vehicle right there your chances of survival are extremely low because of the amount of energy that is required to expose a body from a vehicle is tremendous. We are talking about falling from a ten story building at least."
He believes parents are getting too confident in their ability to drive and are not thinking about what other drivers on the road might do.
He says a recent study conducted by the University of Washington reveals shocking statistics.
"They are saying that up to 45% of all the deaths and severe injuries in motor vehicle accidents with children involved are due precisely to either a lack of a restraint or inappropriate use of them."
9 year old Omar Cardenas arrived to the Laredo Medical Center with severe injuries, he later died in a San Antonio Hospital.
His case touched the physicians hearts. They hope this will prompt the community to buckle up their kids.
"We're here to help but we don't want to keep seeing these types of injuries that we know they are all completely preventable."
Carolina Garcia Pro8News.