Seventh-grader recovers from horseback riding injury

Seventh-grader Ella S. fractured her lower leg in an unusual accident on Jan. 17.

“I fell off my horse Stormy and had surgery about a month later on Feb. 17,” she said. “I suffered an avulsion fracture of my tibia and PCL damage on the back side of my knee. This was a major accident for me, and I now need a lot of therapy to heal.”

She is preparing to return to riding next month following a long recovery period.

“I hope to be horseback riding in June, which is about four months from when I was injured,” she said. “I’ll have to start training as I’ve never been on a horse before, learning simple things all over again.”

She also mentioned that she will require physical treatment to recover.

“I’ll need physical therapy at least twice a month for at least another six months to fully recover,” she said. “But, on the bright side, I’ll be able to ride my horse again only four months following my surgery.”

She also said that though she feels a lot better following her operation, she continues to be limited.

“The majority of my lower body no longer hurts,” she said. “But I still can’t do much. I won’t be able to do sports and be active or ride Stormy for a long time, and I have trouble doing simple things like going upstairs.”

By Alexander Velazquez

Editor’s note: Brevard Public Schools policy prohibits the inclusion of middle-schoolers’ last names on district-sponsored websites.