Tampa mom warns of trampoline dangers after 3-year-old son is injured

In this June 26, 2017 photo provided by Eddie Hill, Hill's son Colton is comforted while lying in a hospital bed at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. The 3-year-old Florida boy is in a cast from the waist down for an injury suffered while jumping at a trampoline park, his family said Tuesday, July 11 in a case that has circulated nationally on social media and raised questions about age restrictions for the activity. (Eddie Hill via AP)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA)—Kaitlin Hill’s Facebook post is getting nationwide attention. It shows her 3-year-old son Colton in a body cast after he reportedly broke his femur at Sky Zone Trampoline Park off Adamo Drive in Tampa.

“Our lives have been turned upside down since Colton’s accident and every day is a struggle for his sweet 3-year-old self,” Hill wrote.

The mother hopes the post serves as a warning to other parents of toddlers. Although the trampoline facility advertises toddler-friendly events, the ordeal taught Hill toddlers shouldn’t be on trampolines—ever.

It’s a sentiment echoed and encouraged by Dr. Seth Gasser of the Florida Orthopedic Institute.

“They’re bones are softer they’re more easily fractured. And they really don’t have the balance coordination and muscle strength to safely participate in a trampoline activity,” said Dr. Gasser.

News Channel 8 caught up with parents and their little ones leaving a toddler playtime event at Sky Zone. The parents tell us they are sympathetic to Hill’s situation, but they don’t feel nervous about letting their children play at the park.

“We have a trampoline at home, so going here during toddler time is a little easier to have them monitored,” said Stephanie Medlock, a mother of three.

“I think if you’re really careful and there aren’t kids that aren’t too big jumping with kids that are too small it can be as safe as it can be just like any sport has risks,” added parent Tara DiStehano.

Kaitlin says she was careful too, noting there were no kids bouncing in the same square as Colton when the injury occurred.  They were in the squares right next to him.

Safety Zone released the following statement regarding the incident on Wednesday afternoon:

The recent incident involving a minor at Sky Zone Tampa did not occur the way it has been portrayed in the media. We have made the Guest’s family aware of our findings and we are providing their representatives with video footage of the incident. Out of respect to the family, we do not have plans to release the footage publicly at this time.  Guest safety remains our priority. Our primary concern is the well-being and speedy recovery of the child. We are continuing to investigate the situation and are actively communicating with representatives of the family.

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