A Gastonia teen was riding a horse Saturday when she was thrown off and kicked in the head.
Destiny Stafford, 15, was riding her dad’s horse at her aunt’s house in Gastonia when the accident happened.
The Stuart Cramer High student was airlifted to Levine Children's Hospital and is in critical condition, according to a family friend, Ashley Cloninger.
Stafford is on life support and does not show signs of brain activity. Doctors intend to remove her from life support to see if she can breathe on her own.
Stafford is a rising 10th-grader and is the captain of the junior varsity cheerleading team.
Organizers have planned a prayer vigil Sunday at Stuart Cramer High School at 7 p.m. and have asked attendees to wear purple.
Friends have created the hashtag #DestinyStrong to support Stafford and her family.
Check back for more details on this developing story.Sun, 26 Jul 2015 14:18:00 -0400
A car plowed into a Huntersville Starbucks Sunday morning while dozens of customers were inside, Huntersville Fire Department said.
A customer was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to officials.
Officials do not know what caused the driver to lose control of her white Lexus at the Starbucks on Knockando Lane off of Sam Furr Road. The woman had not yet entered the store, fire officials said.
The driver is not hurt and Huntersville authorities are working with her to discover the cause of the crash.
Witnesses said the impact sounded like a bomb and sent glass all over the store. The car was wider than the door and took the front wall out.
A Huntersville fire official said the design of the store seats customers along the side wall so no customers were seated by the door.
Fire crews have removed the car and placed a sign on the building that declared it unsafe.
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A man was riding his bike on rough trails when he took a fall. As he got up and evaluated his condition, he quickly realized something was very wrong.
Sticking out of the let side of his neck was a small tree limb.
Still thinking clearly, the rider left the wood in his neck, went back to his car, and drove himself 20 miles to the nearest hospital.
He was "lucky not to damage anything," Dr. Lev Deriy, told Live Science. "The neck contains a lot of very important, vital structures."
A CT scan at the University of New Mexico facility showed the small branch penetrated just over a half-inch into the man’s neck, narrowly missing key nerves and arteries.
Deriy praised the rider for his calm actions. "If you have something like that happen, it’s a good idea not to touch,” he explained. The doctor stressed it is more important to “get to a hospital as soon as possible.”
The rider was taken to surgery where the limb was removed without complications, and the patient was released with no complications.
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