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Benefit to be held for woman trampled by horse

MOOERS FORKS A North Country woman is considered lucky to be alive following a freak accident in which she was trampled by a horse. Jennifer Carey said her mother, Gail Guerin of Mooers Forks, was seriously injured when she was attempting to go horseback riding on Emery Road Aug. 13. Guerin, who was with her stepson at the time, was trying to cinch up the horses saddle when the animal became startled. He just went crazy, said Carey. I mean, my mothers been around horses her whole life. It was just a freak accident. Guerin was rushed to CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh where she was found to have a fractured hip, fractured elbow, kidney contusions and severed ligaments in one of her knees. The 52-year-old underwent surgery to install pins into her hip, though that solution may not work, said Carey. She has as a 50-50 chance of needing a hip replacement in six weeks. The doctors arent sure this is going to hold, said Carey. Her leg will never, ever work the same, even if they dont have to do the hip replacement. Shell never have full function of her leg, especially her knee. Carey said her mother is now confined to a wheelchair, requiring care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Shes expected to be disabled for at least the next six months, which would be if she heals quickly, said Carey. Thats highly unlikely in her circumstances, she said. Theyve estimated it could be up to a year and she could still need knee surgery. It could be up to two years before she could get a clean bill of health on her hip. Guerin is currently unemployed, leaving her with no income and, worst of all, said her daughter, no insurance. Carey said an emergency petition has been filed for her mother for Social Security Disability and Medicaid and other benefits through the Department of Social Services, though she does not anticipate an immediate response. Already, Guerin has been in the hospital for more than 10 days, undergone one surgery and will likely undergo two more. Shes just in a really bad situation, said Carey. For now, Guerin will have to wait to see if her doctors will proceed with the hip replacement surgery. Even if they do hip replacement, hip replacements arent life-long lasting. In her situation, shell need one again in the future, said Carey. In order to help with her medical expenses, Carey will throw a benefit dinner and rummage sale for her mother Sunday, Sept. 21. The benefit will be held at the Great Chazy River Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1418, 600 St. Johns Road in Champlain, beginning at 1 p.m. An all-you-can-eat pasta dinner will be offered for $6.95 per person, with children ages 5 and younger eating free. A 50/50 raffle will be held in addition to the rummage sale, which is seeking donations. Items for the rummage sale and monetary donations may be sent to 19 Town Hall Road, Mooers Forks N.Y. 12959. For more information, contact Carey at 236-4200 or 206-4055.

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