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Horse kick leaves grandma critically ill.

A grandmother was critically ill last night after being kicked so hard by a horse that her liver was torn.

Cynthia Duff, 61, was trying to harness the horse to a carriage on Monday when she was kicked.

She managed to crawl back to her house where a 13-year-old girl who had been helping her with the animals rang for help.

Mrs Duff's husband, Joe, who was working on the family farm in Kirkbride, Cumbria, rushed to help.

Worried it would take too long for an ambulance to arrive, he drove his wife to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and she became seriously ill on the way.

Mrs Duff was transferred to Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, where she had surgery to remove part of her damaged liver.

Dorothy Johnston, Mrs Duff's sister, said: "My sister has always loved horses. I think something must have startled the horse for it to react like that."

Family members were at Mrs Duff's bedside yesterday. They include her daughters Michelle, Annette and Allison.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 3, 2005
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