Woman shredded in lawnmower accident

2011-02-11 13:24
Susara Kusel is treated by Inga Vermeulen as she recovers in hospital after a freak accident with a ride-on lawnmower. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

Susara Kusel is treated by Inga Vermeulen as she recovers in hospital after a freak accident with a ride-on lawnmower. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A woman's attempt to surprise her husband by mowing their lawn landed her in hospital after she suffered a freak accident at their Howick home this week.

Susara Kusel said her husband had shown her how to operate their ride-on lawnmower and she wanted to surprise him by trimming the lawn herself for a change.

“I had forgotten some of the instructions so I decided to consult my neighbour, Kemsley Woods, to help me familiarise myself with the lawnmower so I could cut the grass before my husband returned from Vryheid,” said Kusel.

Accelerated

She said that while she thought she had mastered the art of using the lawnmower after her neighbour’s instructions, she mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of braking.

 “I thought I had engaged the reverse gear on the machine when I accelerated, but it was not so. As a result the lawnmower went straight down the bank and I tumbled down with it.”

She said she suffered concussion and she is still baffled as to how she survived being shredded by the sharp blades.

“I was fortunate because the incident occurred in front of my daughter Natasha who had been watching me. She called the ambulance which came to my rescue,” said Kusel.

She was taken to Medi-Clinic and admitted for further medical treatment. She said a CT scan was done to check for other injuries.

When The Witness visited Kusel on Thursday, she was preparing to go for surgery to assess the damage to her right arm.

Worried about lawnmower


“When all this happened the only thing I worried about was the lawnmower because I was trying to do something good for my husband, but I ended up causing more problems, and I am very sorry to him for this.”

She said she is grateful for the support she has received from family, friends, members of her church and the hospital staff.

Kusel is an artist and restores old furniture. She is praying that her arm will heal fast so that she can continue with her work.

She said she is a fighter and vowed not to give up on her attempt to master the lawnmower.
 
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