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Young Girls Foot Mangled By Escalator

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - In August 2013, ten year-old Juliana Valdez’s foot got stuck in an escalator at the Garden State Plaza Mall.

Valdez was back-to-school shopping with her mother and younger brother when her foot was caught in the escalator at Macy’s. Valdez was pulled up eleven steps towards the top of the escalator while her foot was still caught. Fortunately for Valdez, an afghan war medic happened to be at the scene and helped her get to the hospital. When Valdez arrived at the hospital, the doctors told her that they were going to have to amputate her foot.

Good news arrived when a team of doctors at the Hackensack University Medical Center said they were able to save her foot by performing a groundbreaking surgery called “free flap surgery”, which has only been done a couple times before.

The procedure includes taking muscles from Valdez’s back and skin from her thigh in order to recreate her foot. Unfortunately, Valdez did have to have two toes amputated.

Samuel Davis who is an attorney for Davis Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. spoke about Valdez’s recovery. “She’s coming along better than anybody probably could have expected, certainly, than the first team of doctors who saw that mangled foot when she first arrived in Hackensack, “he said.

Doctors gave an estimate of two years until Valdez will be able to walk on her own but they still consider this to be a miracle surgery.

In fact, this kind of injury is more common than most people think. An estimate of 22,000 escalator injuries occurred last year in the U.S. alone. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission 20% of these kinds of injuries include escalators.

An important tip for parents who take their kids on escalator’s is that it’s important to look out for the smooth front riser as opposed to combed riser’s, which are considered to be outdated.

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