Mom Alison Pregliasco says Crocs shoes are to blame for serious injuries to her 3-year-old daughter Lexi's foot at an airport last month, when her foot got trapped in an escalator en route to a Disney World vacation.
"There's no reason this should have happened to my daughter," Pregliasco told WLKY. "She was holding onto the rail...I heard her screaming and tried to pull her foot out and it wouldn't come out and the escalator just kept going
down. And, I just started screaming at the top of my lungs, 'Somebody stop this thing, somebody stop this thing. We have to make it stop.'
Pregliasco said it took 15 minutes to get her daughter's right foot out of the escalator after her daughter's Croc got stuck in it. EMTs took the child to the hospital, where doctors put pins in her foot and performed surgery to clean bones and remove contaminated skin."Three broken toes, two pretty severely broken, the other is just a hairline fracture," said Pregliasco. "The toe was severed down to the bone and they called it a 'dirty wound' because they had escalator grease in there."
Alison is now suing the manufacturer of Crocs. The suit, filed last week in federal court, says Crocs should have issued a warning to buyers about the repeated accidents involving kids, Crocs and escalators. Her attorney represents several families whose children have been hurt wearing Crocs. "Every one of those parents said, 'If I had known of this, I never would have let my kid wear those shoes as everyday shoes. He never would have been on an escalator. She never would have worn it anywhere but at the beach and by the pool,'" her attorney Andrew Laskin said. "That is what Crocs has tried to conceal."
Pediatrician Dr. Gwenn says, "The Good Housekeeping Research Institute has warned parents against allowing kids to wear Crocs on escalators. And with good cause. The material of Crocs is so soft, that as early as 2006, multiple national news stations reported stories of children's feet being literally sucked into escalators causing serious injury. Riding in the center of the escalator helps but, in my opinion, not wearing Crocs on escalators is the only way to ensure true safety."
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