It's been just over three weeks since a lawnmower accident sent a 10-year-old girl from Hoffman, Minnesota to the hospital with a frightening injury to her face.
Brian Hedstrom, the father of 10-year-old Skylar, was mowing his lawn when a piece of the mower blade sheered off and went flying towards his daughter.
"As I seen my wife waving her hands erratically i turned around and saw what no parent ever wanted to see as my daughter was holding her hands on her face with blood everywhere," Hedstrom said in a Facebook post. "It seemed that as I turned to run to her that I made it in one step and then we were on the ground trying to stop the bleeding."
Hedstrom told the Grand Forks Herald that his daughter was watching him mow the yard when he ran over what he later found out was a tool used for changing tires.
Hedstrom described his daughter's injury as a 1-inch gash that he held together while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. First responders took Skylar and her parents on a trip to a hospital in Fargo for surgery, all the while Skylar was calm.
"My daughter proved to me she is the human I wish her to be. Strong, unjudging and calm," said Hedstrom. "200 stitches and a skull fracture later she is smiling and giggling with her cousin as we wait for Neuro to clear us to go home."
As for future scarring, Skylar isn't too concerned about that.
"Dad, it really doesn't matter what people look like on the outside anyway," Hedstrom quoted her as saying on the ambulance ride.
Hoffman is located about 22 miles west of Alexandria in central Minnesota.