Two-year-old girl makes full recovery following life-threatening kick to the head

  • Photo 3A toddler who was kicked in the head by a horse at her family’s racing stables in Ashurst Wood has been reunited with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance doctor who helped save her life.

    Two-year-old Daisy Osborne met Dr Kevin Enright last week (17 November) for the first time since her accident in June.

    Daisy was flown to the specialist neurological unit at St George’s Hospital in London.

    Her mother Georgie said: “I thought she was brain damaged, I thought she was going to die. I just picked her up and there was blood everywhere. I could see her skull where the skin had split open.

    Photo 2“I grabbed her and ran to the house and shouted for an ambulance, it was just pure panic. In the car on the way to hospital, I was thinking she could come out and not be able to ever walk again. I just couldn’t deal with the thought of it.”

    Daisy had a 6cm cut to her forehead and a CT scan revealed that she had suffered a fractured skull and bruising to her brain.

    “When I walked into the hospital and saw her I just wanted to grab her but I couldn’t. She was just lying there helplessly and it was horrible to see her like that,” added Georgie.

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    “It felt so awful accepting what had happened, I was thinking she could be brain damaged from this and there’s no turning back.

    “You can fix a fracture, you can fix a break, but If she’s brain damaged then those two minutes where I let her out of my sight, and this has happened, it felt like I had failed her.”

    Daisy spent three days in paediatric intensive care where her brain injury was closely monitored before she underwent surgery to repair the wound to her head.

    She had to have regular check-ups for the next two-and-half months but has now made a full recovery.

    Dr Enright said: “With an injury like Daisy had suffered, it can be life-threatening. She wasn’t fully alert as a result and it would have been very difficult for a land ambulance crew to take her all the way to a Major Trauma Centre by road.”

    Photo 4Daisy’s story was featured in Channel 4 medical documentary 24 Hours in A&E where she was shown feeding the horses at her family’s Shovelstrode stables just three months after her accident.

    Her grandmother Zoe, a racehorse trainer, held a family fun day which raised £2,000 for the air ambulance.

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