Inspiring Us to Do More Good: Reyna Hernandez’s Storyclose
Reyna Hernandez, once a patient at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital, experienced firsthand the dangers facing children who aren’t safely secured when out on the road. As a young child, Reyna was thrown from a car because she wasn’t buckled in, and broke nearly every bone in her body. Thankfully, Reyna learned to walk again and eventually went on to graduate from Harvard Law School, but she spent years recovering.
Not all children are as fortunate as Reyna. Dr. Victor Garcia – founding director of Trauma Services at Cincinnati Children’s, professor of pediatric surgery – made an unsettling discovery that led to the creation of the Buckle Up for Life program with Toyota. He realized that a disproportionately high number of Hispanic and African-American children were at risk of dying in car accidents. The reason: they weren’t buckled up or in a car seat. Toyota is helping Dr. Garcia, his colleagues at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and now other partner children’s hospitals around the country, address this avoidable public health emergency.
You can learn more of Reyna’s story in the video above.
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Learn more about Buckle Up for Life and proper use of seatbelts and children’s car seats, please visit www.buckleupforlife.org. Check us out on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/buckleupforlife.