Im­prove­ments seen in young rider, Lau­ren

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - RACHEL VER­COE rachel.ver­coe@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­

LAU­REN Gro­cott has been through an ex­pe­ri­ence no child or fam­ily should ever have to face.

The 13-year-old was spend­ing qual­ity time with her beloved horse at a pony club camp at Dor­rigo Show­grounds when her world was turned up­side down.

A fall from her horse left Lau­ren with a se­ri­ous head in­jury, re­quir­ing the West­pac Life­saver Res­cue He­li­copter to trans­port her to the Gold Coast Univer­sity Hospi­tal.

Al­most a month af­ter the ac­ci­dent, Lau­ren is re­cov­er­ing in the John Hunter Hospi­tal with the sup­port of her fam­ily and the com­mu­nity.

A GoFund Me page was cre­ated by April Har­ris af­ter the fall to help Lau­ren and ease the pressure from her fam­ily so they can be there with her dur­ing her time of need.

Re­ports from the fam­ily said Lau­ren spoke a few soft words and smiled in be­tween sleeps.

Dur­ing her re­cov­ery she had vis­its from an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist, physio and speech spe­cial­ist be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to John Hunter Hospi­tal to con­tinue her re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion last week.

“It has been a very busy few days at the John Hunter Hospi­tal for Lau­ren and her mum Leanne,” GoFund Me page creator April Har­ris wrote.

“The brain re­hab team there have been amaz­ing with lots of as­sess­ments be­ing car­ried out with fan­tas­tic ex­pla­na­tions been given.

Slowly im­prov­ing, Lau­ren has been cook­ing, do­ing puz­zles and go­ing to the school room for craft for a short time ev­ery day.

“They are amazed with her im­prove­ment, de­ter­mi­na­tion and big smile through­out the whole process,” April said.

“Lau­ren sleeps a lot as well to heal her brain but is head­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

April said Lau­ren might be able to come home shortly to start re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion at Coffs Har­bour.

“War­ren, Will, Lau­ren and Leanne would like to thank ev­ery­one for their sup­port, mes­sage, phone calls and love for them through­out the last three weeks.

“It has made it so much eas­ier and gave them the abil­ity to put all their en­ergy into Lau­ren.

The GoFund Me page has raised $15,505 and do­na­tions con­tinue.

Horse­land Coffs Har­bour has also jumped into sup­port Lau­ren, hold­ing a raf­fle un­til De­cem­ber 22 with a ham­per prize pack.

“It will still be a long road with lots of sleep but it will be good for them to get home,” April wrote.

For up­dates on Lau­ren’s progress or to sup­port the GoFund Me page, visit

Photo: Contributed

HELP THE FAM­ILY: A GoFundme page has been set up for Lau­ren af­ter a horse rid­ing ac­ci­dent.

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