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Taunton horse rider, 23, tells of lucky escape after Williton fall
A RIDER has told of the moment she was flung from her horse leaving her needing reconstructive surgery on her jaw.
Tasha Sear was flown to hospital by air ambulance after the horrific fall at Red Park Equestrian Centre, Williton, where she had multiple operations on her face.
The 23-year-old, of Taunton, shattered her jaw along her top teeth and has a splint device in her mouth to keep it in place, but she has vowed not to be put off competing again.
She said: “I have to go into hospital for more reconstruction work over the next few weeks and I can't thank the people who helped me enough.
“The first aid cover at the equestrian centre was fantastic, and also the quick, efficient work of the first responders, doctors and paramedics.
“I'd also like to stress how much the air ambulance helped. The story could have been very different had they not been there to make the transfer to hospital so quick.”
She was heading into a jump when the horse slipped, causing her to smash her face on its neck before hitting the floor.
First responders rushed to help her before it became clear further treatment was needed.
Tasha added: “It was quite clear that my face had taken most of the impact, especially my mouth. Within minutes another first responder had arrived and the on-call doctor followed by the paramedics and the fire service.
“I was taken great care of and they were all very quick and efficient, which kept me at ease. The air ambulance was called for as there was worry about my airway closing due to swelling and excessive blood.
“When I got into hospital I had x-rays which revealed I had shattered an area of the front of my top jaw pushing the teeth out and had a fracture in my top jaw running along my top right teeth.”
Tasha now plans to run the British 10k in London this July to raise cash for the air ambulance.
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