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Harvey’s back in the saddle

Young Harvey needed an emergency flight after receiving a horse kick to the head.

Nine-year-old Harvey from Marlborough was attending a friend’s birthday picnic when the horse he was riding got spooked, threw him off and kicked him in the head.

Harvey was wearing a helmet, but his mum Caf arrived quickly to find him with a severe head injury.

They were rushed to Wairau Hospital where it was determined he needed to get to Wellington Hospital for emergency specialist care.

The Life Flight team was awesome. They told us everything that was going on. When you’re a mum in this situation, your head is just not completely straight and they helped ease some of our fears,

Caf - Harvey's mum

The horse kick luckily missed Harvey’s eye, but it crushed his frontal sinus. Your support meant we could fly Harvey urgently to hospital for essential treatment.

“He had to have bits of his skull removed and others glued and screwed and had lots of appointments with specialists. But he’s pretty much the same kid he was before. The outcome could have been much worse.”

Harvey is now back riding and he, along with the Marshlands Pony Club, raised more than $700 for Life Flight by baking and selling cookies and running a show jumping training day.