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Olympic event rider breaks her back after a rotational fall

Published 10-17-2012 2:13 PM | Fernanda Camargo

US Olympic team member Karen O'Connor suffered some vertebral fractures after a rotational fall at Morven Park Horse Trials in Virginia on October 6, 2012. She sustained a burst T4 fracture and a compression fracture of the T5 vertebrae. Luckily, she has not been affected neurologically, and can feel and move all of her body parts.

Veronica, the horse, was sore, had a few cuts and scrapes, but was sound and back to herself only 2 days after the accident. According to their website, Karen said she hit her head but did not lose consciousness. She felt a strong blow to her back, which may have been Veronica’s hoof, but she isn't sure of exactly what happened.

Initially Karen was going to be treated with the more conservative route, which included rest and a thoracic brace. But after a visit to Johns Hopkins Hospital, just yesterday, Oct 16, the doctors discovered that an unstable vertebra had moved and she was immediately admitted to prepare for surgery. She is undergoing surgery this afternoon, and is expected to have an excellent and full recovery.

We, at Saddle Up Safely, will keep her in our prayers!

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