Photos 1 and 2: Daisy and Dr Kevin Enright
Photo 3: L-R: Louis, Poppy, Georgie and Daisy Osborne, and Dr Enright
Photo 4: Kevin and Daisy watch from the hangar as the air ambulance lands
A toddler who was kicked in the head by a horse at her family’s racing stables in Ashurst Wood has been reunited with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance doctor who helped save her life.
Little Daisy Osborne clutched a teddy and a toy helicopter as she met Dr Kevin Enright for the first time since her accident in June.
And she watched as the air ambulance landed at its base following a callout which served as a chilling reminder to her parents of the day they almost lost her.
Daisy was flown to the specialist neurological unit at St George’s Hospital in London accompanied by her grandfather after her mother Georgie fainted at the scene.
Georgie said: “I thought she was brain damaged, I thought she was going to die. I just picked her up and there was blood everywhere. I could see her skull where the skin had split open.
“I grabbed her and ran to the house and shouted for an ambulance, it was just pure panic. In the car on the way to hospital, I was thinking she could come out and not be able to ever walk again. I just couldn’t deal with the thought of it.”
Daisy’s father Louis was working near St George’s when he heard about the accident and watched as the air ambulance landed on the rooftop helipad and Dr Enright cradled her in his arms as he carried her in to Resus.
Louis told Kevin: “I knew she was in safe hands because you gave me the phone call before you actually flew so that put my mind at ease and I knew she was going to be OK.”
Daisy had a 6cm cut to her forehead and a CT scan revealed that she had suffered a fractured skull and bruising to her brain.
Georgie said: “When I walked into the hospital and saw her I just wanted to grab her but I couldn’t. She was just lying there helplessly and it was horrible to see her like that.
“It felt so awful accepting what had happened, I was thinking she could be brain damaged from this and there’s no turning back.
“You can fix a fracture, you can fix a break, but If she’s brain damaged then those two minutes where I let her out of my sight, and this has happened, it felt like I had failed her.”
Daisy spent three days in paediatric intensive care where her brain injury was closely monitored before she underwent surgery to repair the wound to her head.
She had to have regular check-ups for the next two-and-half months but has now a full recovery and a tiny scar was the only sign of her accident when she visited the air ambulance base on Tuesday.
The youngster sat in the back of the MD902 Explorer, which flies at speeds of up to 150mph, as Dr Enright explained how he sedated Daisy and gave her pain relief at the scene.
He said: “With an injury like Daisy had suffered, it can be life-threatening. She wasn’t fully alert as a result and it would have been very difficult for a land ambulance crew to take her all the way to a Major Trauma Centre by road.”
Daisy’s story was featured in Channel 4 medical documentary 24 Hours in A&E where she was shown feeding the horses at her family’s Shovelstrode stables just three months after her accident.
Her grandmother Zoe, a racehorse trainer, held a Family Fun Day which raised £2,000 for the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on donations.
Georgie added: “Daisy now loves horses more than ever and is still as strong-willed and as independent as she was before.”