Girl suffers horrific injuries in play area slip

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A little girl suffered horrific facial injuries in a playground accident.

Mya Bath slipped on metal grids designed to keep dogs out of the play area at Lee-on-the-Solent.

Mya Bath after the accident

Mya Bath after the accident

Her parents have criticised Gosport Borough Council, which runs the playground.

Earlier this week, five-year-old daughter Mya slipped on one of the grids and cut her lip and nose.

She had to undergo surgery at Queen Alexandra Hospital for stitches both inside and outside her mouth.

Mya’s mother Bobbi, who grew up in Havant but lives in Tidworth, was visiting family in Lee-on-the-Solent for the holidays.

31/12/14  KB  Thomas Bath who's family live in Lee on the Solent returns to Lee on the Solent recreation ground with his daughter Mya Bath (five), who suffered a serious injury to her face after she slipped on a metal dog safety grid at the play area. The family want the grids removed or made safe. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143681-2) PPP-141231-141112003

31/12/14 KB Thomas Bath who's family live in Lee on the Solent returns to Lee on the Solent recreation ground with his daughter Mya Bath (five), who suffered a serious injury to her face after she slipped on a metal dog safety grid at the play area. The family want the grids removed or made safe. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143681-2) PPP-141231-141112003

She said: ‘Mya went with her grandfather to the play park at Lee-on-the-Solent recreation ground.

‘She was running to the equipment and slipped on the grid.

‘She has a cut from her bottom lip to her nose and needed to have a 45-minute operation for stitches.

‘She will now be scarred for life and the accident has affected her holiday, too.’

Bobbi and her husband Tom say that their daughter does not like going outside for fear that people will stare at her.

‘She thinks people will call her a weirdo or stare which is a horrible thing for a little girl to think,’ said Bobbi.

And now Bobbi wants to warn other parents of the potential danger.

She added: ‘I want people to be aware of these grids.

‘I do think the council should have signs up saying it is slippery surface, especially in the cold weather.

‘Or they should remove them altogether.

‘If a younger child fell over, it could have worse effects.’

The grids appear in playgrounds throughout the town but the council has said it has no plans to remove them.

Councillor Graham Burgess, chairman of the community board, said: ‘Parents need to be careful in these weather conditions.

‘While I sympathise with the little girl, people need to be aware of slippery surfaces when it is cold and escort their children to the play equipment.

‘I would encourage parents to take extra care.’