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Prayers for Eventer Charlotte M-S (Sportsfield Eventer)!lMAJOR update page 9!

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  • Prayers for Eventer Charlotte M-S (Sportsfield Eventer)!lMAJOR update page 9!

    I got this email from my cousins, Gro and Rosie Merle-Smith, regarding our neice, Charlotte. Charlotte is an up and coming top eventer, and also an active member of this BB - but, I don't remember her board name (sorry).

    Your prayers and moral support would be appreciated by all!

    Our niece, Charlotte Merle-Smith, was critically injured in an ATV accident this past weekend. She is in the Fairfax Hospital with her family there. Here is what her father wrote yesterday.....

    >Charlotte is still in an induced coma and we don't know too much more than
    yesterday. They are just now doing an MRI and that will take 3 or more
    hours. Her response to any stimulation has been very limited due to the
    sedation. On top of the broken neck vertebrae and 2 in her lower back she
    has several cracked ribs. As I said yesterday the lower spinal injury is
    significant and will likely mean she will never use her legs again. There
    is concern about her neck injury and how that may be affecting her left
    arm. Only time will tell about how much brain damage there is that deals
    with speech and other cognitive functions. Tomorrow we will hear the
    results of the MRI and then she goes into surgery to stabilize her back at
    2:00 pm. Six hours at least. She is also on a breathing machine till after
    the operation.

    Last edited by Weatherford; Nov. 23, 2007, 05:53 AM.
    co-author of 101 Jumping Exercises & The Rider's Fitness Program; Soon to come: Dead Ringer - a tale of equine mystery and intrique! Former Moderator!

  • #2

    How sad......wishing you all grace and strength in dealing with this terrible tragedy.
    Ride like you mean it.


    • #3
      Originally posted by lunatic fringe View Post
      How sad......wishing you all grace and strength in dealing with this terrible tragedy.
      I wish the same. So very, very sorry.
      a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues


      • #4
        Many jingles!

        Oh how horrible... I hope she pulls through, and with flying colors.

        She and that beautiful Cyrillic have been doing so well too... hopefully she'll be back in the saddle someday.
        Last edited by piccolittle; Oct. 17, 2007, 05:18 PM. Reason: i can't read :(
        The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears. ~ Arabian Proverb


        • #5
          Prayers and jingles for Charlotte.
          If you believe everything you read, better not read. -- Japanese Proverb


          • #6

            Oh dear..Prayers to the family and loved ones in this terrible time.


            • #7
              I would definitely repost this in the eventing board as well...
              The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears. ~ Arabian Proverb


              • #8
                OMG, that's horrible...... many prayers, Charlotte is a wonderful person and great horsewoman.
                Road to the T3D
                fri [fri:] fritt fria (adj): Free
                skritt [skrit:] skritten (noun): Walk


                • #9
                  {{{{Jingles and hugs}}}}
                  ~ Kimberlee


                  • #10
                    Very tragic.
                    They really can do miracles today.
                    Maybe hers will be one more.


                    • #11
                      Lots of jingles from Virginia!!


                      • #12
                        Prayers, Prayers & more prayers going up for Charlotte & her family~ I hope that things turn out well for her~ Doodlebugg


                        • #13
                          Praying for Charlotte and her family. I am so sorry.


                          • #14
                            Oh, my goodness, JINGLES and prayers to you and your family, Weatherford. I am so sorry to hear of this.
                            "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


                            • #15
                              More jingles here.

                              I think I just saw her competing at Morven.
                              Last edited by Janet; Oct. 18, 2007, 10:06 AM.

                              chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


                              • #16
                                Prayers to Charlotte and her family.
                                What a tragic thing to happen to such a fine young woman.


                                • #17
                                  More jingles from VA - so sorry.
                                  stained glass groupie


                                  • #18
                                    I'll be saying prayers for her and her family.
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                                    • #19
                                      OMG...this is terrible.... jingles for Charlotte!!!

                                      Maybe someone can get her a carepage so we can get updates??
                                      "A little less chit-chat a little more pitter-pat"


                                      • #20
                                        Prayers and hugs to Charlotte and her family. May they have the strength to endure the coming days, weeks, and months.