Fundraiser to help injured mum
KERRY GARADY’S life turned on a pin when she was kicked in the stomach by a horse last month.
The Mullumbimby mother of three was feeding a friend’s horses when one unexpectedly belted her – leaving her within millimetres of losing her life.
The incident has thrown the Garady family’s life and finances in chaos, leading the Mullumbimby community to organise a much-needed fundraiser next month to help them through.
“I don’t remember much about the accident,” Ms Garady said yesterday.
“I was kicked in the guts by this huge horse and was literally lifted out of my shoes.
“The whiplash snapped my neck, though the doctors say I will recover, fingers crossed.”
The force of the kick broke Ms Garady’s C2 vertebrae and caused internal injuries to her liver, spleen, and kidney.
Ms Garady was airlifted to Lismore by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, before being transferred to the Gold Coast Hospital for further treatment.
She spent the next 10 days being fitted with a halo vest brace which she will have to wear for the next three to six months, after which she will have to wear a soft neck brace and undergo physical therapy for another six months.
Ms Garady is back at home with her husband Adam, who has given up work to care for his wife and their three children, aged six, eight and 20 months.
“The community has been absolutely amazing, bringing us food and offering to help with cleaning and getting the kids to school,” she said.
“One little old lady dropped off jam because she saw the rescue helicopter here. The support has really helped us through – especially all the warmth and love.”
The charity ball will be held on June 3, from 7pm, at the Mullumbimby RSL Club.