Boy recovering from cow stomping
Tyler Kammeyer, 12, received numerous injuries, including a blood clot in is brain
Sunday was celebratory for Tyler Kammeyer and his family, marking his 12th birthday and continued recovery from a cow stomping.
'The doctors are confident that the worst is over,' Christine Kammeyer, Tyler's mother said. 'It's amazing.'
Tuesday, July 12, Tyler accompanied his three siblings and their significant others in tying up the cows on his family's Springwater Road farm.
According to his sister Katie, 18, Tyler was learning to put the 'halter,' or head strap, on the cow when both he and the cow became nervous.
Spooked, the cow pinned Tyler to a gate. As Tyler swung and turned the other way, the rope to the halter flipped him over, knocking him to the cement floor. He hit his head and was knocked unconscious.
After he fell, the cow stomped on Tyler, lacerating his liver.
Tyler's siblings shooed the cows away and called 9-1-1, then quickly reached their parents and extended relatives who live nearby.
'He was perfectly still,' sister Katie said. 'Everyone tried to get him to wake up without moving him, but he had been twisted pretty hard.'
Estacada Fire District responded, stabilizing Tyler before transporting him in a helicopter ambulance to OHSU.
There, doctors removed a blood clot from Tyler's brain and treated him for major injuries, including a separated wrist, fractured arm bone, injured collarbone and cheekbone and fractures to his skull.
Katie described seeing her brother on a breathing machine with staples on his head.
'It was really hard to see him in that much trauma,' she said. 'Looking at him is hard, knowing how much pain he is going through. We're so happy he's OK.'
Tyler was released from the hospital Sunday, July 17.
Family members said the July 12 incident was 'purely an accident' and that the cow 'isn't crazy or mean.'
The family's Springwater Road farm includes cows, dogs and cats. Tyler said the incident wouldn't scare him away from the cows, and that the family would keep the cow that knocked him down.
An incoming seventh-grade student at Estacada Junior High School, Tyler was optimistic about his continued recovery, and was already up walking around, eating and drinking.
'He's showing a lot of strength,' Katie said of Tyler, whom she calls a talkative little brother who likes to hang out with his older siblings.
The Kammeyer family owns Gerber Farm Supply and TK Farms. Their cattle business is registered as Kammeyer Cattle.
Family members extended their thanks to the community for 'all its prayers and concerns.'