South Lincolnshire

Child thanks ambulance crew after pony fall fractures jaw

An eight-year-old girl, who fell from her pony and fractured her jaw while competing at an event last month, wrote a sweet letter to the ambulance crew who took her to hospital and went to visit them.

Sophie Taylor, from South Lincolnshire, fell from her pony called Molly on September 16 during an event in Harlaxton where she won a third-place veteran class rosette.

While attaching the rosette to Molly the pony was spooked and jumped forward causing Sophie to fall and her foot became stuck in the stirrup.

While hanging underneath her beloved animal, the 21-year-old’s hoof trampled on Sophie’s face and panicked her mother Hayley, who screamed for somebody to call 999 as she was concerned about possible head trauma.

Sophie’s thank you cards for the ambulance crew and hospital staff.

Within minutes paramedic Trevor Wain and technician Joe Hemming were on the scene and rushed her straight to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Sophie with her ambulance crew heroes paramedic Trevor Wain (left), Sophie and technician Joe Hemming (right).

Mum Hayley said: “Trevor and Joe were amazing, they were absolute stars with me and Sophie.”

Technician Joe said: “Sophie clearly had an injury to her face and jaw, she was repetitive and kept asking us what day it was – we were concerned that she may have suffered a head trauma and rushed her straight to Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham.”

After a computed tomography (CT) scan confirmed she hadn’t suffered any brain trauma Sophie was discharged from hospital and she made thank you cards for the ambulance crew and hospital staff.


Sophie with her brothers Oliver (left) and Benjamin (right), along with EMAS paramedic Trevor Wain (far left) and technician Joe Hemming (far right).

Sophie was unable to remember anything from the accident, but enjoyed the chance to look around and ambulance and press the lights and sirens when she visited Sleaford Ambulance Station on Wednesday (October 17), along with her two brothers Benjamin and Oliver, mum Hayley and Dad Martin.

Paramedic Trevor said: “It was humbling that somebody of eight years old took the time to write us a card and thank us. To see her back to her usual self is great.”