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Sledding accident in N.H. leaves woman with no feeling in her lower body

The woman reportedly hit her tailbone after going over a jump.

A woman was flown to a Massachusetts hospital for treatment Sunday afternoon after sledding over a jump. She was injured by the impact of the fall at a hill in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

Londonderry emergency services responded to a local sledding hill behind Mack’s Apple Farm on Mammoth Road around 2:40 p.m. for a report of a sledding accident.

Firefighters said in a press release that they found the woman, who is in her thirties, suffering from “traumatic injuries” as a result of the accident. She was conscious when they arrived.

Chief Fred Heinrich said the woman sledded over a small jump, and when she landed, she couldn’t feel or move her lower body.

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“When she went up on the jump and came down, she really landed pretty hard on her tailbone, and that caused the injury,” Batt. Chief Bo Butler told WMUR.

The woman was taken by Med Flight to Lahey Hospital in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Heinrich said it’s rare that the Fire Department gets calls about injuries resulting from sledding on that hill.

“The part that she went over — people have been using that for years,” he said. “People had previously gone over that jump earlier that day.”

The Londonderry Fire Department has not been updated on the woman’s condition yet.

According to a 2020 study by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, from 2008 to 2017, an average of 22,050 people were injured in sledding accidents each year. Nearly 70% of the injuries were among people 19 and younger.

Still, the study also found that sledding related accidents have been decreasing, with only 13,228 people injured in 2017.

Notably, the study found that 63% of patients were injured in a collision, be it with an object on or around the sledding hill, when they hit the ground, when they hit another person, or when they hit another sled.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s said that to stay safe while sledding, families should:

  • Wear a helmet while sledding
  • Pick sleds with steering and brake features
  • Check the sledding hill for obstacles
  • Make sure they have enough room to slow down at the bottom of the hill
  • Always ride feet first
  • Always ride during daylight hours

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