Emergency rooms busy with slip and fall injuries

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The snow may have stopped falling, but the frozen stuff on the ground is still causing problems. Dr. Ross Heller is an emergency room physician at SLU Hospital.  He said they’ve seen quite a few patients because of the snow, “It’s mostly bumps and bruises, some broken bones.”

Some two dozen people were rushed to SLU’s emergency room after cars went out of control on icy roads causing a number of accidents. No one was seriously hurt. A few others needed medical help as the result of slip and falls.  Dr. Heller said, “You need to make sure the shoes you are wearing are not slick on the bottom because the ground is slick and the two surfaces connections would not be good, you’re going to slip and fall.”

The cold has volunteers concerned at the Brentwood Optimist Christmas tree lot. This is typically the busiest weekend of the season. Volunteer Rocky Schmidt said, “We’re a little bit nervous about it because this cold is going to slow things down.”

65 percent of the optimists’ annual fundraising comes from the tree lot. The money helps more than a dozen children’s charities.  They’re hoping more people like Nancy Birge will brave the weather.  She said, “I don’t think it’s that bad, what is it? It’s not below zero.”

No matter the weather each year on December 6th.    Hundreds of parents who have lost a child show up at Blanchette Park in St. Charles to remember. They bring candles and flowers and a hearts full of love for  their children who have died.  The painful cold could never match the pain they feel.

Debbie Cochran is in charge of Share, the organization that holds the annual event. Cochran said, “It’s a way to healing and recognizing the grief and pain and to honor the life of that child. Sometimes in our society we don’t do a good job of that and recognizing that child’s life and for those parents that was their child a real family member in their life.”

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