Minnesota father in critical condition following sledding accident


Another outdoor sledding accident has affected a Minnesota family.

WCCO-TV reports that George Beasley of Robbinsdale has been hospitalized in critical condition for the past week.

Beasley was sledding at Robbinsdale's Lions Valley Park when he reportedly flipped and landed on his head after sledding over a jump on a hill at the park. The accident left him with a bleeding brain, a collapsed lung, fractured ribs, a lacerated spleen and liver with internal bleeding.

The man's accident comes less than a week after a sledding accident in Dassel claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl. The Fayetteville, S.C., girl -- who was in the rural western Minnesota town visiting her grandparents -- hit a raised stump while sledding and was thrown from the device, according to authorities. She died later at a hospital.

Beasley, who has been in a hospital intensive care unit since Dec. 23, faces four months of recovery amid mounting bills and foreclosure on the family home, WCCO-TV reported.

Twin Cities hospitals say they have noticed an uptick in sledding injuries, most likely the result of increased snowfall in the area. As of Dec. 29, metro hospitals have reported 12 sledding-related injuries.

Children's Hospital, which recently hosted a bike helmet giveaway, urges that use of such protective gear while sledding to reduce the chance of head injuries while sledding.

See video on Beasley's accident from WCCO-TV below.

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