Teenager left with devastating injuries after being kicked in the face by horse

2018-05-09 17:10
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A teenage girl is lucky to be alive after she was accidentally kicked in the face by a horse while she was out riding with her mom.

Georgia Hull (15) was riding her nine-year-old pony, Star, when the horse in front of her kicked out, breaking her jaw and knocking out seven teeth.

Georgia's mom, Julie Hull, was just ahead of her daughter on her own horse Gypsie when she heard screams coming from behind her.

“We were riding along a track and I was slightly ahead of her but people on foot saw the horse kick out and Georgia just slide off her pony.

“You could see straight away her jaw was broken, it looked as though it might fall off. She had to spit her teeth out.”

Georgia, from Wadebridge in Cornwall, was knocked unconscious.

“She came round but was very hysterical – it was horrifying to see her like that.”

Georgia sustained multiple facial fractures, including severe damage to her jaw, cuts to her face that required stitches and she lost five of her top teeth and spent five days in hospital following the accident.

The teenager's mouth had swollen to the point where she was unable to breathe. She was rushed into a four-hour surgery to pin and plate her jaw upon her arrival at Derriford Hospital.

“She had to have an X-ray to check she hadn't swallowed any of her teeth and there was so much blood in her mouth it kept making her sick,” Julie said.

“It's been really hard for her as doctors told her she might have to wait until she’s finished growing before she can have new teeth secured. It’s made her very self-conscious.

“She’s eager to ride again but it’s made her nervous and she isn’t sure she wants to ride in a group again.”

Georgia could only eat using a syringe after the incident in April. She’s now only eating puréed foods.

She’s currently recovering at home after her ordeal.

Georgia's friends have set up a fundraising page to cover the costs of the dental work Georgia will need due to the severity of her injuries.

“The money has been fantastic. It’s gone beyond anything we expected but it’s the messages that have been brilliant for Georgia,” said her mother.

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