Holtz Children’s Hospital Observes Ask Day in Hopes of Preventing Accidental Shootings by Children
Community Leaders Band Together to Urge Parents to Safety Store and Lock Guns at Home
Holtz Children’s Hospital – along with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Miami, a program of Jackson Health System and University of Miami Health System funded by The Children’s Trust – are joining forces to prevent accidental shootings at home where children play.
June 21st is ASK (Asking Saves Lives) Day – a day to remind parents and caregivers of the importance of asking about guns in the home to prevent unintentional firearm injuries. As children start the summer break, parents are encouraged to keep their guns locked, unloaded, and safely stored away from areas where children usually play at home. The campaign also encourages parents to openly discuss gun safety at home with the parents of their children’s friends, holding each other accountable and reminding them of the importance of gun safety at homes.
A 2020 Gallup survey showed that 44 percent of Americans have at least one gun at home, and 48 percent of those living in a household with a gun report having a child under the age of 18. A recent study from the Journal of The American Academy of Pediatrics found that just over one third of all firearm injuries seen in the emergency department were unintentional injuries.
Unfortunately, not all children survive accidental shootings. One survivor, a Miami boy who accidentally shot himself in the head at age 3 and whose life was saved at Holtz Children’s Hospital, will share his story, along with his mother.
Darnal Mundy, 9
In 2015, Darnal Mundy, then 3, climbed onto a chair in search of an iPad. Instead, he found a gun and accidentally shot himself in the head. His parents rushed him to Ryder Trauma Center, and he was later transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit at Holtz Children’s, where he spent several months, followed by intense physical, occupational, and speech therapy at Jackson. A few months later, Darnal made a full recovery and was discharged home.
Monday, June 21, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
Holtz Children’s Hospital Courtyard – In front of Holtz Children’s main entrance
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
- Carlos A. Migoya, CEO, Jackson Health System
- Hamilton Clark, CEO, Holtz Children’s Hospital
- Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Chairman, Miami-Dade County Commission
- Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami Dade County Public Schools
- James Haj, CEO, The Children’s Trust
- Dr. Alana Arnold, pediatric emergency department, Jackson North Medical Center, Co-Investigator, Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Miami
- Dr. Hector Chavez, pediatric emergency department, Holtz Children’s Hospital, Co-Investigator, Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Miami
- Gunshot survivor, Darnal Mundy, and his mother, Dorphise Jean
Media should park in Ryder Trauma Center’s media lot and walk to Holtz Children’s Hospital.