SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A farm accident in July nearly killed a 6-year-old boy. Thanks to his quick-thinking uncle, Mason Perryman survived. His leg had to be amputated, but Mason returned to class at Weaver Elementary School.
Even on crutches, Mason is one of fastest first graders on the playground. With those crutches, and a new set of wheels, he is also one of the most popular.
"I try not to think about it," Mason said about the brush hog accident on the family farm in Wright County.
Mason's mom, Lisa, said she will never forget the day it happened.
"When I first got to him, he looked up at me and said, 'I love you, mommy,' and I say, 'I love you too, my baby.' And I said, 'Everything's going to be okay,'" she said.
Despite the trauma he experienced, Mason is not slowing down. His favorite thing to do is play baseball. He describes part of his time in the hospital as, 'fun,' in part, because he got a very special visit from the Springfield Cardinals while there.
"He's very determined, he's very independent, and we're learning this one day at a time, and we'll get through it," Perryman said of her son.
More than anything, Mason said he is looking forward to getting a prosthetic leg. The new leg will allow him to get around even faster. His dream is to play baseball again and run the bases after hitting a homerun.
"When your child walks the first time, that's the most wonderful moment but, when he walks this time, it's going to be even better than the first time he ever walked," Perryman said.
Mason is scheduled to get a prosthetic leg on Tuesday in St. Louis. The procedure is paid for by the Shriners Hospital for Children.