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post #1 of 23 Old 10-27-2010, 07:19 AM Thread Starter
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Horrific injury...

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Woman picked up own head after horse fall | News.com.au

A HORRIFIC fall from a horse left a woman with such a severely broken neck she was forced to pick up her own head.

Thea Maxfield, who runs a stud farm in Oxfordshire, England, suffered a "hangman's break" a clean break of the upper cervical vertebra when she fell from her dressage horse.

She tried to get out of the animal's way as it galloped around after the fall, but when she tried to pick herself up, the horrified 26-year-old found her head stayed where it was.

Realising she had to move to avoid being stomped on, Ms Maxfield cupped her hands around her own head and lifted it into place to avoid damaging her spinal cord.

"As soon as I came off the horse I knew something was wrong. I went to get up but my head stayed on the floor,'' she told the Daily Express.

"I couldn't move my neck or my head and I had to literally pick my head up and carry it in my hands."

After managing to stagger to safety, Maxfield, watched by her frightened mother Diane, 66, was taken to hospital.

Doctors initially warned she may be permanently paralysed.

But incredibly after using a revolutionary fixed brace connected to a computer by tiny sensors for three months to help fuse the bones back together, she is now back riding seven months after the accident.

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post #2 of 23 Old 10-27-2010, 07:32 AM
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Wow. How scary and how lucky she is to have survived that. Wonder if she was wearing a helmet.
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I read about this in the Metro. She's hoping to do the Prix Saint George next year I think.

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post #4 of 23 Old 10-27-2010, 01:02 PM
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Oh my gosh, she is so, so lucky!

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post #5 of 23 Old 10-27-2010, 07:11 PM
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Wow, all's well that ends well, right? *whew*

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post #6 of 23 Old 10-27-2010, 07:22 PM
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Lucky, and kinda inspiring =) x
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post #7 of 23 Old 10-27-2010, 07:47 PM
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Just reading that makes me so squeemish that I couldn't even open the link. I have disk trouble in my neck and my doctor told me that the wrong fall could cause me real trouble, pretty easily, but I like to just go on believing that it won't happen . . ever!
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I would think if your head and neck actually became disconnected you wouldn't be able to move much? Guess not...

That's crazy! Glad it all ended so well.
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Happy Halloween... o.O
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post #10 of 23 Old 10-27-2010, 08:42 PM
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Oh my gosh! that's sooooo crazy!! Thank God for hospitals & technology!
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