A British woman is lucky to be alive after she broke her neck and was forced to pick up her own head after being thrown from her horse.
Thea Maxfield, 26, suffered an horrific “hangman’s fracture” when she was bucked 20ft into the air and landed on her head. As she struggled to get up, Thea had to support her head in her hands to avoid damaging her spinal cord after her vertebrae shattered. She explained: “I had to literally pick my head up and carry it in my hands. I didn’t have much hope of a recovery.” At first doctors warned she might have to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair. But amazingly Thea – after initial treatment to repair her vertebrae – was back riding again within seven months thanks to technology from the world of Grand Prix racing.She was outfitted with a revultionary head brace connected to a computer by tiny sensors for three months to help fuse the bones back together. Now, seven months after the accident, Thea (pictured, above) is now back riding horses.