Amish girl stomped by horse in Palatine expected to recover

Monday, February 17, 2014
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— A 1-year-old Amish girl trampled by a horse and rushed to Albany Medical Center on Sunday night will recover, according to state police in Fonda.

Just before 6 p.m. Sunday, an Amish family was at work in their barn along McKinley Road in the agricultural town of Palatine. Information gathered by the state police suggests the mother and father were milking cows while some of their children played. A state police official Monday described what happened, but would not release the names of any family members.

As her parents worked, the child lay on a small cart. Another older child was playing with one of the family horses when the animal grew skittish and rushed from the barn.

On its way to open pasture, the horse tipped over the child’s cart and stepped on the child.

Being Amish, the family didn’t have a phone — so the police and local ambulance services were first involved when a neighbor called 911.

Ambulance crews realized the horse had stepped on the girl’s chest and they rushed her to Albany Medical Center. State police said the girl suffered four broken ribs and a lacerated liver.

Despite the injuries, troopers reported that the girl will make a full recovery.

State police officials said the trampling was clearly an accident and that there will be no criminal charges or investigation.

The Amish lifestyle can sometimes be a dangerous one. Among Montgomery County’s large Amish population, several lifestyle-related injuries have been reported.

In March of 2012, an Amish boy in the town of Glen was hit in the gut by the circular blade of a large brush saw, a tool common among the Amish community. He also was rushed to Albany Medical Center, where a more than 12-inch gash was repaired. The boy made a full recovery.

In May of 2012, a young Amish mother and her children were hit by a vehicle along Route 30A south of Glen as they rode in a buggy. Several family members were taken to a hospital, but recovered quickly.

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