Nearly $30K Raised for Boy Who Lost Leg to Lawnmower

Almost $30,000 has been raised for a South Carolina boy after he lost part of his leg and part of his hand in a lawnmower accident.

There has been an outpouring of generosity and financial support for 5-year-old Wyatt Carr following the accident on Saturday in Bonneau, South Carolina, according to reports.

The Berkely County Sheriff's Office said Wyatt was playing in his yard while his father, Clinton Carr, was cutting the grass, according to a report from local news outlet ABC15.

According to the report, Wyatt's mother, Lorena Carr, told investigators that her son "came out of nowhere" and was accidentally run over by the lawnmower.

The boy's parents provided medical attention to their injured son until emergency services arrived. The boy was taken to MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital for treatment for the injuries to his left leg and hand.

The report said that deputies are treating the incident as an accident and no foul play was suspected.

Following the incident, a GoFundMe page was set up on Sunday to allow people to donate money to help pay for his medical bills. At the time of writing, $27,905 has been raised from 337 donations.

The organizer of the page, Allison Hill Thompson, said she runs a Facebook page for the Bonneau Residential Forum and gave further details about the incident.

The page confirmed that Wyatt Carr has lost a portion of his left leg below the knee and half of his left hand as well. It added that these injuries would be life-changing for the 5-year-old and said any donations would be appreciated.

On Wednesday, Wyatt Carr's mother provided an update on the GoFundMe page and thanked those who had already contributed.

"Clint and I really just want to say thank you to everyone who has donated in support of Wyatt," Lorena Carr said. "We are beyond grateful. There just aren't enough words to express our feelings. Wyatt is doing really well. He is one incredibly strong little boy. He is overjoyed about all the toys that were brought to him and I can't wait for him to get home to see what's waiting for him in his room."

"We have received good news and we are keeping positive thoughts," she continued. "The outpouring of love, support and encouragement for our son has really touched our hearts.

"We really do have an amazing community! It's nice to know that we are not alone, that so many have our backs. We have never expected such generosity. Once again thank you all so very much."

Newsweek has reached out to the organizer of the GoFundMe Page for comment.

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Stock image of a riding lawnmower. Almost $30,000 has been raised for a South Carolina boy after he suffered a lawnmower accident. Getty