Mum's moment of fear after toddler kicked in chest by horse
THE toddler son of renowned Kyogle bull rider David Kennedy spent last night recovering in hospital with his dad after being kicked in the chest by the family's thoroughbred Frankie yesterday morning.
Mr Kennedy's wife Hayley said that during the morning rush of getting the kids ready for pre-school she told two-year-old Parker and his brother Billy to go and get in the car.
Like typical young kids, Parker and Billy had other ideas.
While she was getting ready to load the car with her three-month-old baby Danny, Mrs Kennedy said she heard a scream and thought it was just the boys fighting.
But it turned out to be something much worse.
"Parker came in and he lifted up his shirt and there was a hoof print on the right side of his chest and his right arm, so not his heart side."
Parker remained tight-lipped about what happened.
"His four-year-old brother told me the horse had kicked him.
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"He told me he went around near its tail.
"I don't know if they were playing with his tail - they know not to do that."
Within minutes Parker became short of breath and started having a dry cough, so Mrs Kennedy called triple-0.
"They stayed on the line with me because he went a bit bluey-purple in the face and was shaking.
"He also had a fluttery heart and his pulse was a bit erratic."
Three ambulances, police, the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and David Kennedy soon arrived.
"Grahams Concrete, who David works for, were great," she said.
"They raced to where he was working in the concrete truck and they let him take the car to go straight home and look after our other two kids."
Mr Kennedy and his son travelled together in an ambulance while Mrs Kennedy followed them by car to Lismore Base Hospital.
"Doctors found he had decreased air in one lung so they are watching that, and we haven't got the bloods back yet to see how the pancreas is and whether there is any internal bleeding," she said.
"The doctors just want to watch him because they said with someone so young he could go downhill fast."
Late yesterday at Lismore Base Hospital Parker was in good spirits.
"It no hurt me any more," the brave toddler said.