Crushed by Cows!

Judy was walk­ing her dog when she was at­tacked by an an­gry herd...

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24 Hours in A&E

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We’ve seen falls, frac­tures and car crash in­juries on 24 Hours in A&E. But this week there’s an un­usual case for the emer­gency team when 72-year-old Judy is rushed to St Ge­orge’s Hos­pi­tal hav­ing been tram­pled by a herd of cows while out walk­ing her dog with her friend Donna.

‘I was walk­ing ahead of Judy and re­mem­ber turn­ing round and see­ing her dis­ap­pear among the cows,’ says Donna. ‘They sur­rounded her and the noise was just in­cred­i­ble. It sounded so vi­o­lent and so an­gry.

‘I just grabbed her an­kles and dragged her back­wards, with no idea if she was dead or alive.’

Af­ter be­ing air­lifted to hos­pi­tal, Judy is given a CT scan for any life-threat­en­ing in­juries to her neck, spine and chest. Her hus­band and daugh­ter are no­ti­fied and Donna rushes to her bed­side.

‘We’re so close,’ ex­plains Donna.

‘The thought of los­ing her is dread­ful.’

Luck­ily, Judy has only sus­tained a frac­ture to her right leg and some cuts and bruises, but it was a close call as the tram­pling could have proved fa­tal.

‘If Donna hadn’t pulled me out, the cows could have kicked me to death,’ she says. ‘She prob­a­bly saved my life.’

In­jured… Re­tired so­cial worker Judy was tram­pled by cows

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