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Cartersville Girl Survives, Overcomes Horse Injury

Greer Cofield, 6, was 5 years old when she was kicked in the face by a horse.

Cartersville Girl Survives, Overcomes Horse Injury

A Cartersville girl who suffered a traumatic brain injury when a horse kicked her in the side of the face is set to be featured in a March 2 telethon. 

One of Children's Hospital at Erlanger's 2013 Miracle Children, 6-year-old Greer Cofield has been taking horseback lessons for about 3 years.

" But on October 8, 2012, while walking with her mother, Shannon, in search of her favorite horse, they were charged by another horse," according to the Erlanger Foundation. "The next thing Shannon knew, she and Greer were both on the ground.  Greer took the brunt of the blow, resulting in a laceration from the right side of her forehead to her ear, the right side of her face was crushed and she was unconscious."

Airlifted from a nearby field, Greer, then 5, underwent reconstructive surgery the next day, and after 11 days was released to go home with the ability to walk, talk and function almost as well as she did prior to the accident, News 12 reports.  

The Cofields are one of the families set to be featured on WTVC, News Channel 9, during an annual telethon highlighting Ronald McDonald House Charities, reports The Chattanoogan. It's set to air Saturday, March 2, from 7 to 11 p.m.

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