Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 1°C

Search

Suffolk: Teenager flown to hospital with serious injuries after horseriding accident

12:56 10 February 2014

A SARS response vehicle.

A SARS response vehicle.

Archant

A teenage rider was airlifted to hospital after her horse reared up and fell on top of her on a quiet Suffolk lane at the weekend.

The 18-year-old was flown to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital by air ambulance after the accident at Mendlesham Green on Saturday morning.

She suffered a fracture in the pelvis area, but it is understood that her injuries were found to be not as serious as first feared once she had been given a full scan at hospital. It is hoped she will make a full recovery.

One of the first on the scene was Dr Andrew Mason, a volunteer member of the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service who was called to help paramedics at the scene.

He said: “The girl had been riding her horse near High House Farm in Mendlesham Green, I think the horse was based at a stables in the area.

“I understand that as she was riding along the road the horse became ‘spooked’ by three other horses, bolted, and reared up. She fell off and the horse fell on top of her. It’s pretty bad when half a ton of horse comes down on top of you!”

Dr Mason arrived at the scene about 40 minutes after the initial call about the accident after driving from Norton.

“I was concerned about the nature of her pelvic injuries and I felt it was necessary to get her to hospital as soon as possible to get a scan.”

He understood that when the rider was scanned, it showed that her injuries were not as bad as had been initially feared.

“She has suffered a fracture, but it is not as bad as it could have been. That is why it was so important to get to the scanner as early as possible.”

Dr Mason said the horse had gone by the time he arrived at the scene, but he understood it had suffered a few minor grazes in the fall but did not require any veterinary treatment.

The Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) is a charity that staffed by volunteer doctors and specialist paramedics who can be called out by emergency services – SARS relies on fund-raising to pay for its services.

0 comments

A crewman has died after a boiler backfired in the engine room of the Manhattan Bridge container ship as it was docking at Felixstowe port last night – causing an “explosion”.

A lorry has burst into flames following a crash with a car on the A14 westbound in Suffolk close to Needham Market.

Urgent improvements have been demanded of three food businesses in east Suffolk, according to hygiene inspection reports.

Animal welfare charities in Suffolk have urged caution over who found pets are given to after reports of a woman in Ipswich posing as an animal welfare officer to obtain a cat found by a homeowner in their garden.

Beach huts, morning runs and golden sand. Not exactly the Felixstowe you might be expecting in January.

Labour’s shadow trade and industry secretary Clive Lewis has visited Ipswich to encourage party members as thoughts start to turn towards this year’s election.

Today the sun is taking the edge off the biting January winds in Suffolk, the perfect winter’s day.

More than half the homes in Suffolk are in the bottom two council tax bands it has emerged.

A Suffolk man has been evicted from his hospital bed by court order after he “unnecessarily” refused to leave for more than two years.

National news this week have flagged up a shortage of courgettes in UK supermarkets. This will consequently affect prices with courgettes – and many other vegetables – becoming more costly.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24