A man died while his left was left paralyzed after getting trampled by cows while walking their daughter’s dog.
Teresa and Michael Holmes from West Yorkshire, England, were crossing a field in the village of Netherton when they were charged by a herd of cows that were grazing in the area.
As the inquest heard, the couple was walking their daughter’s dog during a lunch break when the father-of-two suffered fatal lacerations to his heart sac and 35 rib fractures.
Meanwhile, Teresa was knocked unconscious and woke up a whole week after the incident only to be told that she was paralyzed and widowed.
“It was a very, very traumatic time, quite isolating. I was just really confused, I couldn’t work out why I was there and my daughters eventually had to explain they had lost their dad,” she said.
Following the stampede, Teresa required six months of rehabilitation, whereas she will be wheelchair-bound for the rest of her life according to her doctors.
During the inquest, the woman explained that she and her partner would often cross the field via the same path during their lunch break.
“We were both working from home and it became a routine to get out every day for half an hour for a walk. We set off just after 12 with the dogs. Both dogs were used to teach other and we had them both on fixed leads,” she recalled.
“We were aware that there were sometimes cattle on the field. Quite often we would come in the reverse way to the field and we’ve seen cattle and said we won’t go across the field. We’d take a different route.”
She added: “I don’t remember the incident, which is a good thing really because what happened must have been horrific.”
Teresa also paid a tribute to her husband whom she missed for his “unique wit” and his “dry sense of humor.”
“He was a family man, he loved his family. His family meant everything to him. He had a very dry sense of humor and I do miss that. He had his own unique wit,” she said.
Our thoughts are with Teresa and the family during this challenging time.
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