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5-year-old hurt in hangar accident back home

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Updated: 6/29/2013 11:39 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The son of a Jacksonville pastor who lost part of his hands in an accident at an airline hangar is now back home. Five-year-old Ben Bowersox and his family arrived home to Craig Airport Saturday after eight weeks of recovering at Duke University Hospital. Dozens of family, friends and church members were on-hand to welcome him home.

"Our group wanted to come out and show support. We didn't expect to interact with him at all. It's just a blessing to see him come home. It's an answer to a lot of prayers," says church member
Robin Sheffield.

Ben, the son of Steve Bowersox, the executive pastor at First Baptist Church, was hurt in May
while playing near a retractable hangar door at a Westside field
He suffered several broken bones in his arms and hands and severed four fingers.

He was flown to Duke University and underwent several surgeries.
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whosaysnocan - 7/1/2013 5:53 AM
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I have been posting that parenting is the most exhausting thing anyone does. In recent weeks there has been several injured/fatally harmed children that could have been prevented. Yes, kids can be clumsy, they trip, they fall, but injuries like this was due to this kid being in a dangerous area without proper supervision. As active duty Af and as a civilian I worked in an aircraft hangar for decades. It is a hazardous place, not a playground.

tlynn - 6/30/2013 6:55 PM
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I totally agree with you Realchange…What's more is the fact that I wonder why this is news!?!??! Is it because this family has money? Is it because Dad is a "Pastor" of "First Baptist Church"??? We all know that they already "own" most of downtown….This would not be worthy of the news if it had been any other child of meager means.

Realchange - 6/30/2013 4:56 AM
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I don't like to say this, but what no fences around the hangars and limited access? I guess its not like retation ponds where children drowned in, causing fences to go up. At some point people need to realize that watching their children is full time job, and if you turn your back for even a second life ending consquences are the results. It's an accident, but letting a 5 year old get away near planes is not good idea. I hope that the boy can recover somehow, additonally, I hope other parent start keeping better eyes on their children now.
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