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3-Year-Old Miraculously Survives Freak Accident with Horse, Left with Facial Fractures and Brain Injury

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Kristen Ainsworth has been at Blackstone Equestrian in Parker, Texas, since she was just 6 years old. A trainer and mom, she now operates the center and has her own horse-crazy 3-year-old named Brooklynn.

During a session earlier this year, while Ainsworth was working with a rider in an indoor arena, her daughter ran to her without checking to make sure the coast was clear.

“She locked eyes on me and went, ‘Mommy!’ and then she ran, started running into here,” Ainsworth told KDFW-TV.



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Brooklynn ended up running right in front of a galloping horse. The horse tried to avoid the girl, jumping over her — but a back leg caught her in the face.

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The 3-year-old spent five days in the ICU at Children’s Health Dallas, where she was found to have multiple facial fractures, a traumatic brain injury and an injured eye they thought she might lose.

“I’ve been here since I was 6, we’ve never had an accident like this,” she said. “The doctors say if anything had been different by 1 millimeter we would’ve been looking at a totally different story.

“It takes a village to be able to recover with something like this and our village is so strong and so just, amazing.”



After a few days, Brooklynn was able to go home from the hospital and is on the mend.

“She’s a lucky kid,” Ainsworth said. “She had angels looking out for her for sure.”

Ainsworth has shared their story online, too, as a way to encourage parents that there’s a way forward even when they face really difficult circumstances.

“For all the parents out there — parenting is HARD!” Ainsworth shared on Facebook on June 1. “It doesn’t always go our way and we fall short more often than not… it’s usually a daily miracle that our kids don’t get hurt, right?

“I’m here to share my story because I can fully stand as a mother and say things didn’t go according to my plan. But the great news is that I have a God bigger than me and where I can’t, He can…. I lean hard on my village and there’s nothing like finding support around you when you fall severely short.

“So for all you mommas (and dads) out there — you’re doing a damn good job and your kids are lucky to have you.”



Ainsworth has made sure that Brooklynn is continuing to have positive interactions with horses — a necessity since Ainsworth’s life and work revolve around equines.

While Brooklynn remembers the accident and where it took place, it doesn’t seem to have put a damper on her interest in the large animals, and it looks like it won’t be long before she’s “back in the saddle.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Sheriff's Helicopter Swoops In on People Trapped by Floodwaters, Camera Catches Daring Rescue in First-Person View

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As floodwaters deluged parts of Arizona, a daring helicopter rescue Friday plucked two people from a mobile home that was caught in fast-moving water. Monsoons struck Arizona last week, triggering severe flooding. Drivers who tried to make their way across flooded roads, despite advice to avoid driving, often became stranded. Floodwaters rushed through streets in Flagstaff, Arizona after storms brought heavy rainfall. Weather warnings have been issued to locals residents to warn of more flooding and heavy downpour. pic.twitter.com/X8lHGS8yEK — Newsweek (@Newsweek) July 19, 2021 On Friday, Daisy Mountain Fire and Rescue received a report of a mobile home that was caught in the flooding in New River. The water was too high for any ground units to reach those trapped inside. Authorities reported that water was pouring through the windows of the mobile home, and officials were afraid it would tip over, according to KNXV-TV. That left one option — an air rescue. A Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office helicopter flew to the partially submerged vehicle. In a video released by the sheriff’s office, which dramatically shows the extent of the waters rampaging through New River’s streets, the helicopter closes in on a vehicle with two people sitting on it, only a few feet from the rapidly rising water. We are here to provide #safety to our community but please be mindful of the dangers posed by moving water and entering flooded areas. Here’s a video of our MCSO aviation unit rescuing a driver after his vehicle got stuck in a wash. pic.twitter.com/tO3TL12tPw — Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (@mcsoaz) July 24, 2021 “We are here to provide #safety to our community but please be mindful of the dangers posed by moving water and entering flooded areas. Here’s a video of our MCSO aviation unit rescuing a driver after his vehicle…

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Off-Duty Firefighter Jumped by Mob Who Tell Him It's 'Fight Night' Before Brutal Beating

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Asking for a little old-fashioned respect can be the prelude to a beatdown in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City. The New York Post has released video of a Friday night incident in which a rabid mob of teenagers surrounded and then attacked an off-duty firefighter as he walked his dog near his home in the borough of Queens. Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, who founded the civic protection group the Guardian Angels in 1979, posted the video to Twitter. Warning: The following video contains graphic images and language that some readers will find disturbing. Last night in Middle Village a mob of kids attacked a man who asked them to stop blasting fireworks. #NYPD from the 104th precinct were there but did nothing. The community reached out to #NYC Mayoral candidate #CurtisSliwa & the #GuardianAngels to find these vicious teens pic.twitter.com/uVJkBUJ0L1 — Curtis Sliwa for NYC Mayor (@CurtisSliwa) July 24, 2021 The 44-year-old victim, whose name was not released by the Post, said he is among those who have objected to the deterioration of his community,  and taken the dangerous stand of telling teenagers to behave as if rules really mattered. Retribution for preaching civility arrived Friday night. “There were at least 100 kids … I was walking my dog. They just picked me out and approached me,” the firefighter told the Post in a Saturday interview. “One kid took his shirt off and said, ‘it’s fight night!’ He said he was 19 and said, ‘I could fight you.’ Everyone took their cell phones out. There were cell phones everywhere,” the victim said. “They all came at me…A kid came up behind me and hit me in the back of the head with a bottle and I let go of the dog,” he said. With the dog barking…

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