WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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T r e at i n g c h i l d r e n f r o m N e w E n g l a n d "Trauma is the number one cause of death for children, not cancer, which is what most people think," explains Mooney. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports "Unintentional Injury" as the predominant reason children between the ages of one and twenty-four die young. For kids between the ages of one and four, the primary cause is drowning; while for children between the ages of five and twenty-four, the prevalent cause is motor vehicle accidents. "Bye-bye Syndrome"— when children rush outside to say goodbye to mom or dad backing the car out of the driveway and the parent accidently runs over their child — is one of the more preventable motor vehicle fatalities, explains Mooney. "Every car should have a rear view screen and beep when backing up if an object is behind it," says Mooney, who advocates for car companies to make life-saving design changes to their vehicles. In addition to drowning and car accidents, Dr. Mooney points to various injuries caused by typical youth activities for bringing children into his trauma center: Little League baseball players with spleens rup- tured by wild pitches, no-school-snow-day sledders with head injuries, football and lacrosse players with liver and kidney injuries, and bicycle riders who have fallen on their handle bars and popped their intes- tines. These are just a few of the types of injuries he sees. 70 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 an interview with dr. david mooney

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