PIC: Aspiring model injured by cow still loves cattle

2019-03-29 21:00
Grace Peters. (Photo: MEDIADRUMWORLD/WWW.MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)

Grace Peters. (Photo: MEDIADRUMWORLD/WWW.MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)

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Meet the beautiful and brave farm girl who was unexpectedly run down by one of her beloved cows, leaving her with a crushed arm and an open wound.

Grace Peters (21), from Delphos in Kansas, US, needed surgery and two metal plates placed in her left arm after being trampled by a cow at her family farm on December 18, 2018. 

As part of her daily duties Grace had to check for new baby calves, move cattle around, feed the hogs and horses and ensure they have accessible water to drink during the wintertime.

Grace was working on the farm – where her family have more than 400 cattle – moving the cows from one pen to another, as she'd done numerous times. When moving the cows on this occasion, one of her beloved herd suddenly rammed into her from behind.

The 21-year-old instantly knew something had broken but with more than 100 cows still to move, she mustered the strength to complete the job with her arm dangling at her side.

"It was just a normal day, as usual I was helping the work cows. My job is always at the back, moving all the cows up from pen to pen," Grace explained.

"As I was chaining a gate so it would stay open I suddenly got smashed from behind. I was shocked more than anything because I didn't see it coming.

"My arm also just happened to be in a very bad position, wedged in the panel, as I got smashed. Instantly I knew something was broken from the intense pain that dropped me to my knees."

An hour after the incident Grace drove herself to the hospital where X-rays were taken. They confirmed both bones in her arm were broken and she'd need surgery.

Two metal plates were inserted into her forearm to keep the bones stabilised until it healed.

Due to swelling, doctors were unable to close her wound following surgery. For two weeks the young model needed a vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) dressing, which needed to be changed every two days.

"After the first surgery, they weren't able to close the incision on my arm due to the swelling," she said.

"I had about four or five more minor surgeries, each time they'd replace the wound vacuum and try to close the incision a little bit more"

"Two weeks later they were able to close the incision with staples and stitches. When they tried to remove the stitches the wound split open to reveal my tendon again. So it ended up having to be redone."

It took Grace only two months to fully recover but she has been left with two large scars on her left arm.

Yet the incident hasn't put her off cows – she still loves them but knows they can be dangerous.

Grace Peters

In March of this year the 21-year-old left the farm to pursue a career in modelling and acting in Los Angeles.

"I still love cows. I think they're powerful and majestic animals," she said.

"I've always been aware that they can easily injure someone, and my arm proves that, but they didn't injure me on purpose. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time."

"Now it's all behind me and I've just moved to LA, California, to pursue my dreams of being a model and actress."  

Source: Magazine Features

Pictures: MEDIADRUMWORLD/WWW.MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA

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