Marine survives horrific lawn mower accident that sliced her neck open when a piece of debris was kicked up and missed her carotid artery by just ‘millimeters’
- Kendra Jensen, 28, of Bridgewater, South Dakota, suffered the severe neck wound around 6.30pm on July 11
- Her husband, Andy, was piloting the family’s riding mower during the day when an unknown object shot out from the machine’s blades and struck Kendra
- The 4-year Marine veteran was standing 30-40 feet away from the mower when the accident occurred
- Doctors at the hospital told the family whatever struck Kendra barely missed the vital vessels in her neck
A South Dakota woman and Marine veteran is lucky to be alive less than two weeks after an improbable lawn mower accident slit her neck wide open.
Kendra Jensen, 28, of Bridgewater, South Dakota, shared photos of the gaping neck wound and resulting stitches she endured after the horrific incident occurred outside the home where she lives with her husband, Andy, and their two children.
The four-year Marine veteran told reporters she was picking up toys on her family’s back porch around 6.30pm on July 11 while her husband was using a riding mower to trim their grass.
Suddenly the mower’s blades kicked up an unknown object and launched it at Kendra, who was standing 30-40 feet away, according to KSFY.
‘I thought that I got hit by a rock. It felt like something, like, hit me and then fell off me. I didn’t know that my neck had been sliced open,’ Kendra told the local news station.
Kendra Jensen, 28, of Bridgewater, South Dakota said she feels lucky to be alive less than two weeks after an improbable lawn mower accident slit her neck wide open
After hearing his wife’s cries for help, Andy Jensen retrieved a trauma bag from the back seat of his car and patched up her wound long enough to keep her alive before an ambulance arrived to take her to the hospital
Doctors told Kendra the object that struck her opened a wound that was ‘millimeters’ away from her carotid artery, trachea and vocal chords
Kendra told reporters she was picking up toys on her the back porch outside her family’s Bridgewater, South Dakota home around 6.30pm on July 11 while her husband was using a riding mower to trim their grass when a piece of the debris shot out from the mower’s blades and struck her in the neck as she stood 30-40 feet away
‘I immediately was just like “that hurt,” and so I grabbed my neck. That’s when I realized I was bleeding and it was wet. That’s when I freaked out.’
After hearing his wife’s cries for help, Andy Jensen retrieved a trauma bag from the back seat of his car.
‘She’s going to bleed out in front of me. That was the very first thing that came to my mind,’ Andy said. ‘I just put my thumbs in it and started going with the gauze.’
Someone called 911 and an ambulance arrived to take Kendra to the local hospital where doctors told her the debris that struck her opened a wound that was ‘millimeters’ away from her carotid artery, trachea and vocal chords.
Kendra posted photos of her wounds on her Facebook page and told followers she was ‘extremely lucky’ to be alive
Andy Jensen (right) said he won’t allow members of his family outside anymore while he’s mowing the lawn
A GoFundMe account has been started to help the Jensens pay for medical expenses
The carotid arteries on either side of a person’s neck carry blood to one’s brain. Severing one of these two major blood vessels can kill a person in just minutes.
‘I’m extremely lucky,’ Kendra wrote on Facebook page after the incident. ‘I’m thankful my husband has the training he does and could act quickly to get quick clot gauze stuffed into my wound and wrapped with a pressure dressing before the ambulance arrived.’
A GoFundMe page started to help the Jensens pay for related medical expenses has raised just $150 as of 11.20pm ET Sunday.
Andy Jensen said the traumatic experience has taught him and his wife a valuable lesson.
‘No one is definitely going to be outside again when I’m mowing,’ he said.