Kendra Jensen, Bridgewater, South Dakota woman survives freak accident after object shot up from lawn mower her husband was using left sharp cut in her neck, inches away from major arteries.
A South Dakota woman has survived a freak accident that left her neck sliced opened after an unknown object shot out of a lawn mower as her husband mowed the lawn last week.
Kendra Jensen, 28, was outside her home in Bridgewater cleaning up her children’s pool toys on July 11 at around 6:30 p.m. Outside less than a minute the mom of two said she felt something strike her neck and shoulder.
She soon realized that something had shot out from the seated lawn mower her husband was using and she quickly flagged him down.
‘I thought that I got hit by a rock. It felt like something hit me and then fell off me,’ Jensen told via WWSB. ‘That’s when I realized I was bleeding … That’s when I freaked out.’
There was blood everywhere Jensen recalled.
‘She’s going to bleed out in front of me, that was the very first thing that came to my mind,’ the woman’s husband, Andy Jensen said.
Andy Jensen, a four-year Marine Corps veteran and police officer, jumped into action using training from his combat deployments. He was able to contain the wound and press down to keep further blood from spilling.
Jensen said the family home is about 45 minutes away from the closest trauma center and she feared she wouldn’t ‘make it.’
Bridgewater mom inches away from instant death:
‘Tonight I’m thankful my husband has the training he does and could act quickly to get QuikClot gauze stuffed into my wound and wrapped with a pressure dressing before the ambulance arrived,’ the mom posted on Facebook last week.
Jensen shared the incident leaving her in shock because she and her husband take regular precautions when tending to their yard.
Jensen said she was on her deck at the time and was at least 30-40 feet away from the lawn mower. Jensen also said that they always check their lawn before cutting the grass. Their seated lawn mower was also recently serviced prior to the accident.
‘Never would have thought that at the distance I was standing I would have been hit,’ Jensen posted. ‘It was the scariest moment of my life because when I realized I was hit I instantly thought this is very bad and I thought the worse.’
Kendra said she was very lucky because her wound was between her carotid artery and her trachea. Had either major blood artery been affected she may have bled to death on the spot.
Jensen hopes that sharing her story can show people that ‘no distance is a safe distance’ and that the best thing to do is ‘just stay inside.’
She said in a separate Facebook post that she is now home recovering and is just glad it was her and not one of her young boys.