Child Climbs Out Of Sinkhole
"Her mouth was bleeding, she was screaming and hollering and I asked what happened"
Just about the last thing a mother wants to see, but Venisa Loshon Scott of Chiefland knows now it could have been even worse.
The "in there" Ashlyn is talking about is a sinkhole she fell into in the southeast corner of the yard.
"I didn't know it was right there and it was soft."
Thats when her night took a turn for the worse.
"I fell in the sinkhole, with no hands."
Ashlyn fell into the sinkhole head first, hitting the sidewall before reaching the bottom.
She says she was in pain, but without anyone in earshot she knew she had to do something.
Ashlyn says she pulled out a handheld video game and used its light to find her way out.
"I saw a root in front of me, so I put my feet on that and pulled myself up, then I got on the root that was up top."
So root by root, Ashlyn managed to climb out of the hole by herself.
A feat her mother can hardly believe.
Upon climbing out of the hole, Venisa called the paramedics who transported Ashlyn to Shands for observation.
"They wanted to check on her spinal to make sure, and she was having abdominal pain as well, so they wanted to check everything out."
The night was bad enough, but Venisa knows it could have been much worse.
But she is just grateful her child will be alright.
"I thank god the angels were around her."
And as for Ashlyn, she told me this won't stop her from riding her bike in the yard.
She might just do one thing differently
"Keep my eyes on the street or whatever i'm riding on."
A road that will hopefully be less traveled.
Mike Gismondi, TV20 news.
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