Nurse Paralyzed in Horseback Riding Incident

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, a local nurse is grappling with a life-altering injury following a horseback riding accident that occurred several weeks ago. Dawn Rammage, a passionate horse rider and farrier, was thrown off her horse just moments from completing what seemed like a perfect Saturday ride with her partner, Brianna Engel. Rammage, who has been riding since she was 16, is now facing the reality of being paralyzed from the neck down.

Rammage and Engel, both nurses at the University of Michigan Hospital, have been together since meeting at work, marrying in 2019. Their shared love for nursing and horses has been a cornerstone of their relationship, but this tragic incident has tested their strength and resilience in unforeseen ways.

The accident unfolded quickly; the horse’s unexpected bucking sent Rammage spiraling through the air, causing her to land headfirst. Despite not losing consciousness, Rammage immediately realized the severity of her condition, recognizing the signs of paralysis. Engel quickly slipped into her emergency nursing role, coordinating the swift arrival of an ambulance and ensuring her wife received immediate care.

Medical examination revealed that Rammage had suffered a spinal fracture. The extent of the damage has left her with only a minute amount of sensation in a small area of her right thumb. Doctors have cautioned that she has a slim chance of regaining the ability to walk.

Source: WXYZ 7 Action News Detroit

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