This past summer, seven-year-old Brynn Duncan from Moorhead became the
definitive illustration of a child who would have benefited from a stronger
child restraint law in Minnesota. On Aug. 18, 2008, Brynn was restrained with
only a seat belt, since that's all the law requires, while riding with her
grandmother. Because the adult seat belt did not fit properly, the lap portion
rode up above her hips and onto her stomach. Brynn had placed the shoulder
portion of the adult seat belt behind her back as children of this age and size
often do to prevent it from resting on their faces.

When the vehicle she was riding in was involved in a crash, the impact snapped
Brynn's body in half. Because the top portion of the seat belt was not in place,
her spinal cord was badly injured. Because the lap portion of the seat belt was
not on her hips, her internal organs were catastrophically damaged.

The initial damage to Brynn's body was a torn spinal cord, a severed intestine,
a bruised heart and a damaged kidney. While in surgery, Brynn's kidney, appendix
and gall bladder were removed. In addition, Brynn suffered immense pain,
depression, severe fevers and infections. Weeks went by as her survival lay in
the balance. For 82 days, Brynn went from one hospital to the next, one surgery
to the next, fighting to survive. Eventually, Brynn was sent home with
substantial, life-long injuries.



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Sep. 12, 2009 at 2:42 PM

See this is what my father in law doesn't understand....He thinks that the law is stupid and that there is no need for young kids to be in car seats you wanna know why he thinks that??? Because he didn't have 1 when he was little and he turned out just fine...He's 50 well yeah the cars were made stronger back then.  We were at the beach in Aug and it was me hubby and our daughter MIL and FIL and my bro in law and sis in law and their 2 kids 1 is 5 and the other is 4 and we only had 2 cars with us,  well all the guys wanted to go down to the beach and well so did the kids I didn't know this at the time but they all took the car kids no carseats.  I got him when he got back about it and he said well it is the beach everyone drives slow down here and we were only 5 mins away from the beach.  What was he thinking??? I'll never know but if they were cought by a cop I probably would have killed the man cause that was just stupid of him to even do that....I got hubby on it too since he was there and told him that it is to never happen again if he wants to go with the guys and the kids want to go then they will just have to walk,  Really how lazy can you be it is a 5 min walk to the beach just walk.    Some people just do not understand how important proper seatting is for kids

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Sep. 13, 2009 at 9:07 PM

reposting =)

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Dec. 8, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Love it :)

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May. 11, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Love this! Going to repost if you don't mind!

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