A four-year-old cowboy is recovering from critical injuries after being kicked in the head by a horse near his family farm in Utah.
Houston Hampton suffered a fractured skull and spine and brain damage after Friday’s accident in the small town of Aurora.
He had been walking to his grandparents’ house with some family members when they decided to look at a fish lure in the lake.
But when the family members went over the fence again, one of the many horses spooked and kicked the boy in the head, according to his mother and father.
The older cousin was going in and out and he got stuck walking through the gate and was scared that one of the many horses (Houston) went over his head,” his father, Trey. told ABC4.
The Houston household has mentioned that the little cowboy has been riding with assistance since he was a few 12 months earlier
The boy suffered a skull and spine fracture and brain damage. He is currently recovering from a surgical procedure
Houston was treated by EMS and airlifted to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City
The boy’s family rushed to help Houston, who was knocked unconscious and his forehead split open after being hit.
He was treated by EMS and airlifted to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, where he underwent a surgical procedure.
During the surgical procedure, doctors reportedly had to remove the boy’s skull cap and 5% of brain tissue from his frontal lobe, which was fractured.
His mom, Cody, shared on Facebook that the fracture was at the very entrance to Houston’s skull, which allowed the brain to swell and saved his life.
However, the household praises not only the first responders, but also the quick response of Houston’s father and uncle.
“Knowing the basics of what I know, my brother getting directions from 911 and the quick response from the first responders, we were able to get to Houston quickly,” his uncle Tyler told NBC affiliate KTSU.
Houston has moved his fingers and toes, but remains in an important position and has a long rebuild ahead of him.
Houston Hampton suffered serious injuries after being kicked in the head by a spooked horse on Friday
Houston has moved his fingers and toes, but is still in critical condition and has a long rebuild ahead of him.
On Monday, his mom shared a replacement on Facebook, explaining that the bandages were far from the surgical incision.
“We just didn’t know what to expect but we are so happy with how good it looks. His scalp is cut in a zigzag pattern to help his hair blend better as it grows back,” mom wrote.
His physique is so swollen from head to toe. Partly due to the injuries he endured and on top of having fluids pumped into him to balance out the stress and the numbers.
“We hope his fluid production will increase soon. It breaks my heart to see him like this,” she added.
The Houston household has mentioned that the little cowboy has been riding with assistance since he was a few 12 months earlier.
A central Utah group has been campaigning to rebuild Houston and has planned a July 19 fundraiser called Hats Off to Houston.
Tickets for the event at the Blackhawk Arena in Salina are $5, with all proceeds going to Houston Household.