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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Cumbrian mum's horror as daughter, 12, crushed by horse

A mother has relived the terrifying moment she watched her daughter crushed beneath her pony.

Hannah McGarr photo
Angela and Hannah McGarr with Riley

Angela McGarr, from Moorhouse near Carlisle, could only watch in horror as the horse rolled over 12-year-old Hannah – not once, but twice.

“It was the silence afterwards which was the worst,” Angela told the News & Star. “She just lay there, so still – I wanted her to be screaming. We think she was initially knocked out.

“Then, all of a sudden she started thrashing around in an unusual way. She was going mad so we had to calm her down and keep her still.”

Mother and daughter have recalled the harrowing event in February to help raise awareness of the Great North Air Ambulance.

Emergency crews feared that Hannah had suffered a major internal trauma and called for the Pride of Cumbria helicopter, based at Langwathby, to take her to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Incredibly, Hannah, now 13, only fractured her collar bone and right shoulder.

She added: “If I didn’t have my body armour on, I might even be dead.

“If I hadn’t had the air ambulance I don’t know what I would have done.”

Angela said: “Hannah had her accident at about 10 past three – by 4pm we were in Newcastle.

“The air ambulance really is the difference between life and death.”

The pony club Hannah attends – the Cumberland Farmers’ Hunt North – held a fundraising Showcross event on Saturday in aid of their own camp and the Great North Air Ambulance. The event raised £500.

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