Fall victim comes home

Thursday, January 6, 2005

Staff Writer

After 20 days in the hospital, Jessica Chapman is home.

The 13-year-old Highland Middle School student, who fell off a horse during the Ash Flat Christmas parade Dec. 4, was discharged from Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock on Christmas Eve.

Chapman, a 4-H Ruff Rider, was riding her horse in the parade when the horse spooked. She fell off and hit her head.

She was transported by ambulance to Fulton County Airport and was airlifted to a Springfield, Mo., hospital where she remained comatose until Dec. 11. She was discharged Dec. 20 and transferred to Little Rock.

After the fall Chapman underwent two surgeries and one medical procedure, her mother Taunja Langley said. She had a device placed in her head to monitor pressure and swelling. She then had a blood clot removed from her brain. Then she had a bone removed from her head to alleviate some of the swelling. She is anticipating another surgery in the coming weeks to place the bone back in her head, her mother said.

"She has made incredible strides in her recovery," Langley said

A fund is set up at First National Banking Company for help with Chapman's medical expenses.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: