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Girl walks after horse riding fall left her temporarily paralyzed

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: SANDY FIRE & RESCUE - A teenage girl is flown to the hospital by Life Flight after a horse-riding fall in rural Corbett caused her to lose feeling in her legs.A 14-year-old girl is able to walk again after a horse-riding accident in rural Corbett caused her to lose feeling in her legs, said Sandy Deputy Fire Chief Phil Schneider.

The girl had been riding with a friend along a logging road near her home in the Aims area of Corbett late afternoon Monday, July 22.

Riding at a gallop, the girl was bumped off her horse and landed on a rock.

The girl’s friend rode his horse 2 miles back to the closest road to get help.

Emergency crews were called to Southeast Connett Road at 4:15 p.m.

Firefighters cut a gate to get up the old forestry road, where crews walked in a half-mile to reach the girl, Schneider said. When they arrived, the girl told firefighters she had no feeling from the waist down.

Crews treated the girl as best they could before packing her out. An ambulance drove the girl a quarter-mile up a rocky road to a logging deck where a helicopter could land.

She was taken by Life Fight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

Fire crews left the scene around 6:14 p.m.

Schneider spoke with the girl’s mother the following morning. She said her daughter had started to get feeling back and had walked down the hall to the bathroom.

“It sounds like her (spinal) chord is OK,” Schneider said.

He said it is not uncommon for someone to get thrown off a horse and experience a temporary feeling of paralysis.

“It’s such a shock to your neurological system,” he said. “It temporarily pinches the spinal chord and the nervous system gives the sensation of no feeling.”

It’s not known exactly what caused the girl to fall from her horse.




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