Amy Barrington Suffers Serious Brain Injury in Fall

Amy and Gallerone at the 2011 AECs. Photo courtesy of Leslie Threlkeld/USEA.

We’re sad to report that upper-level eventer Amy Barrington has suffered a serious brain injury following a fall yesterday morning at her farm in Tryon, N.C. She underwent surgery yesterday afternoon and is currently in a medically induced coma to speed the healing process to her brain. Beth Perkins is staying at the hospital with Amy and sent us an update on the fall and Amy’s prognosis, which you can read below. The EN team is devastated to learn this news, and we’re all sending our well wishes to Amy for a full and speedy recover. Please send get-well-soon wishes to [email protected] so Amy can see an outpouring of love and support when she comes out of her coma.

From Beth:

“Amy did well in surgery but is still unconscious. The doctors want her to stay as quiet as possible to allow her brain time to heal, so it may be several weeks before she regains consciousness. She received a sharp blow to the left side of her head, which caused bruising and bleeding. One of Amy’s students found her in the ring, so she was able to call an ambulance, and Amy was treated without too much delay. Amy has a skull fracture, broken nose and cheekbone, but no other injuries. We are all hoping for the best for her.”

Update: The Farm House tack shop in Landrum, S.C., is collecting donations towards Amy’s medical expenses. If you would like to help, please send a check made payable to “Amy Barrington” and send to: The Farm House, 22341 Asheville Hwy, Landrum, SC 29356. If you have any questions about the fund, please call 864-457-3557.

Comments

15 Comments

  • Kathy says:

    Sending healing thoughts!!!

  • Christine Manske Lies says:

    Mucho mucho healing thoughts for a full recovery! Strength and patience to Amy, her family and friends.

  • Nancy Bellinger says:

    Thoughts, and prayers are with you Amy for a full and speedy recovery. We all have you in our hearts

  • Rich Kolasa says:

    Thoughts and prayers for a full, speedy recovery! God bless…

  • PL says:

    sending prayers for Amy. Best wishes for a full recovery

  • Melissa Mason Hare says:

    The Farm House tack shop in Landrum, SC, is collecting donations towards Amy’s medical expenses. If you would like to help, please send a check made payable to “Amy Barrington” and send to: The Farm House, 22341 Asheville Hwy, Landrum, SC 29356. If you have any questions about the fund, please call us at: 864-457-3557.

  • Karen Rife says:

    The Eventing community is loosing far too many gifted competitors. Prayers that she will fully recover.

  • Franks Farms says:

    Praying for her recovery.

  • Kimberly Gamba says:

    Prayers and god speed in your recovery Amy.

  • Michelle Drum says:

    Send amy a cheer card through spartanburg regionals patient ecard system! http://www.spartanburgregional.com/Pages/CheerCard.aspx
    The staff will print them off and deliver them daily! Let her amd her family know
    The horse community is thinking about them!

  • Angel Pride says:

    Praying for a full and speedy recovery.

  • Debi Knight says:

    will pray for her complete recovery

  • poco says:

    http://thecrashreel.com/resources/

    This link is from the website of the documentary about Kevin Pearce – olympic hopeful snowboarder who suffered TBI. There may be helpful resources listed. Best wishes.

  • Wilderidge says:

    In Canada, our fundraiser for injured riders is called “Ride for Riders”. It began in 1995 when it was originally knows as ‘The Ride for Mike’. My fiancé Mike St Denis is a legend up here. He recovered from a most horrific brain injury with a dismal prognosis, to lead a full and happy life. Even evented again on our shared mount O’Reilly! It is a long, exhausting but very rewarding road. Dare to be optimistic and to ask questions. There is support here for you, although we are strangers. I have lived it and seen the other side.

    • Mari Secrist says:

      OMG!!! I rode at Ledyard in 1993 with Mike St. Denis–he was SUCH a great kid! I was watching the video with a friend just the other night, and mentioned how helpful and delightful he was, and that I had read about his accident–I think in ‘The Chronicle’ (wasn’t he kicked by a young horse in the paddock?) I felt terrible, and never heard anything after reading that he had been terribly injured. It’s really great to hear that he’s doing well now!!!

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