Five-year-old Olivia ready to saddle up after horse riding accident
West Moor youngster gets bravery certificate after freak injury
It may not have been the Grand National, but when five year old
Olivia Bingham had a horse land on her during a riding lesson - mum
Helen feared the worst.
The freak accident happened on a farm at West Moor,
Newcastle, last month, where Olivia first rode a horse when
she was three. Olivia suffered a partially collapsed lung, but
after recovering is now determined to return to the
Mum Helen said: "On the day of the accident Olivia was having
her usual riding lesson on a horse she had ridden lots of times
before. It was near the end of her lesson and the horse reared and
fell backwards on top of her. I grabbed hold of Olivia, but
the horse hit me as it fell back and knocked her out of my grasp.
The next thing I knew Olivia was under the horse.
"I jumped up and ran over to her and she was gasping and not
breathing properly. I really thought I was going to lose her when I
saw her lying in the dirt. Her instructor shouted for the girls in
the barn to ring for an ambulance and I opened her body protector
and her eyes opened. She cried and gurgled a little and we undid
her riding helmet.
"We were in shock, but the ladies at the riding school were
brilliant. As I went to pieces and cried, they held her head and
neck still until the ambulance arrived.
"I don't blame them in any way because it's a fantastic riding
school. It was just a freak accident.
When the NEAS crew arrived they drove right into the horse
riding arena and cut Olivia's coat off and put a cannula in
Helen said: "The only time she really cried was when she thought
she was getting a needle in her arm. Jason Orchard, the paramedic,
gave her some morphine as she couldn't straighten her legs and we
thought she may have back or pelvic injuries. He put a neck collar
on Olivia and we all helped log roll her onto the spinal board.
Olivia was very quiet and brave and just did what she was told to
Olivia was then taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary,
where she had a scan of her head, chest and abdomen. The results
showed she had suffered a small pneumothorax - or partially
Helen said: "The staff in A & E and on the ward were
brilliant and looked after me as well as Olivia. Jason and
his colleague, Emergency Care assistant Mark Henderson came
back a few times over the afternoon with other patients and kept
popping in to visit Olivia and see how she was. They deserve
medals for their work as they were outstanding. I can't thank
them enough for their help and expertise on that day."
Olivia was back at school 10 days later and has now recovered
fully, and is aiming to start riding again in May.
Helen said: "She has taken the whole thing in her stride and
can't understand the fuss we've made about the whole thing. The
body protector and new riding helmet did their job very well, and
it proves the importance of wearing the right protection.
"Olivia loved getting her Bravery Award from the ambulance
service, and it was so lovely to see Jason and Mark again to say
thank you in person. Olivia and I had taken muffins to the
ambulance station for the staff and Jason was off duty but we spoke
to Mark and gave him the muffins.
"Sadly there were none left for Jason when he arrived as they
had been eaten. Next time we'll put Jason's name on them! "
Jason said: "Olivia was very brave indeed, and certainly
deserves her certificate. It must have been very frightening at the
time for her and her mum.
"It was a pleasure to meet them again and it's great that it
hasn't put them off riding."