Some of you may be aware that Anthea White had a nasty fall at our Open Show on Sunday. Trevor White has asked us to post the following….. We would like to take this opportunity to wish her a speedy recovery
“Many of you were present at the HVC Open Show on Sunday and witnessed Anthea’s fall when she was showing Cez in the John Wagstaff Trophy Class.
Anthea believes that Cez caught his front leg on Anthea’s foot, when running in the ring, which threw Anthea to the ground, taking the full force to her face and her right knee . Members and competitors quickly went to Anthea’s aid as she laid there very still. First Aid was given until a Paramedic arrived which was at least 45minutes to an hour later.
We are so grateful to everyone who was so kind in helping Anthea including Caz(Carol) for comforting Anthea throughout, Helen, Mary, Verity(Vet) who could only offer euthanasia if it was necessary, Dawn for looking after Cez and our Boys plus all the kind people who helped, thank you also to Susan and Derek for dismantling and packing away my photographic equipment.
After an initial preliminary examination, the Paramedic did not consider it necessary to take Anthea to A&E but still asked her if she wanted to go. Nobody likes being away from home in an emergency so Anthea just wanted to get home and take it from there, once the Paramedic was satisfied that Anthea could get up and walk to the car.
We saw our dentist at 2.00pm this afternoon who took an x-ray of Anthea’s upper jaw and teeth which confirmed that she had fractured her jaw plus a root of the upper left 1st (front tooth) which may die as the blood flow was severed because of the fracture. The other senior dentist at our local practice also examined Anthea and the x-ray and said that the fracture is too advanced for a dentist to deal with and therefore phoned the A&E General Hospital St.Richards at Chichester asking for an urgent referral to the maxillofacial consultant.
We arrived at the A&E at 4.00pm and eventually saw a doctor who knew nothing about the referral, after an hour and a half she located the referral and spoke to the ‘maxfac’ consultant who requested an x-ray of the whole jaw. The x-ray was not helpful and showed very little. Fortunately, I took a photo of the screen x-ray with my phone whilst at the dentist which was far superior to the hospital x-ray. I showed this image to the consultant who also confirmed a fracture to the upper jaw. The consultant immediately aneathetised Anthea’s upper jaw and gums. We then went into the A&E Theatre where the consultant was able to push the teeth backand realign the fracture and bite. A splint with wire was cemented to the other teeth to help stabilise the fracture and to aid the healing process. The Op took an hour to complete. We have to go back tomorrow (Tuesday) to check that the splint has kept the bite in place and will need to go back each week for at least the next six weeks for check ups. A fabulous job so far, fingers crossed that all heals well.
The impact to her right knee jarred and stretched the tendons and calf muscle which has caused severe swelling below the knee, which again is very painful, they provided Anthea with some crutches to aid mobility.
We arrived back home at 8.00pm this evening totally knackered. Anthea has since had some painkillers, cups of tea and some soup. The Consultant recommends a liquid diet over the next 6 weeks. No! He didn’t mean whisky!
Once again thank you to everyone for your help, emails and phone calls of kind thoughts and good wishes.
Trevor and Anthea”