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September 4, 2017 - 10:06am

Oakfield parade participant falls from horse, sustains head injury, Mercy Flight called

posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield, news, Labor Day.

A participant in the Oakfield Betterment Committee's annual Labor Day Parade fell off a horse and sustained a head injury. Oakfield fire responded along with Mercy medics. Mercy Flight was called and it just landed.

UPDATE 10:16 a.m.: Mercy Flight is airborne, en route to Strong Memorial Hospital.

UPDATE: A witness emailed: "The participant on the horse in the Labor Day parade did not sustain a head injury. She was stepping on her horse, slipped and fell on the ground and landed on her back and was taken by Mercy Flight as a precaution."

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Good news on the update. I just hate to see fun turn bad. I hope she recovers quickly and well.

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A 4' fall means mercy flight. Wow.

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Actually yes alvin. Back, neck or head injuries can cause major damage. If a person is experiencing symptoms ie: numbness, tingling, severe pain or other underlying symptoms, yes- Mercy Flight should be called in.

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It was reported as a 6' fall with a 26 year old female patient in and out of consciousness. Being transported to Strong via helicopter was done as a precaution as Ms. Wlotz stated due to the possibility of head/neck injuries. If you go to Mercy flight's webpage, the guidelines for using the helicopter are there and followed by all responders.

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