Teen hospitalized after trampled by horse

A 19-year-old West Bank Demerara teenager is now a patient of the Georgetown Public Hospital after he was trampled by a horse while at a horse race on Sunday afternoon last at Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara. He sustained broken ribs and a damaged organ.

Mark Anthony Paul of Lot 2 Samaroo Dam, Pouderoyen told this newspaper that he left his home around 4 pm to go to the race. “I was at home helping my sister and then I saw one of my friends who was driving a Canter truck and I asked him for a drop down the road and then I end up at the horse race.”

According to the man, he decided to place a bet on a horse and after he won, he went to collect his winnings and that was when he heard a horse approaching. “I didn’t bother moving, I stay in the corner in case the horse hit me, but when I stepped back and turned around, somebody say, ‘look a horse coming’. I couldn’t really see what was in front of me so I stepped back to go in the corner. The horse was in front of me and the next thing I know I was on the ground,” he said.

The injured Mark Paul on his hospital bed
The injured Mark Paul on his hospital bed

His mother, Wendy Paul said she was at home when she got the news of the accident.

The woman said the owner of the horse then came and gave her money to take care of transportation. “He give me $10,000 and say ‘moms yuh can use this money for transportation’, I ain’t touch it yet, the money still in my bag,” the woman said.

Paul said while they were at the West Demerara Regional Hospital, the doctors there initially said her son did not have serious injuries, but after seeing him spit blood, she informed them that he was in a bad position. “They did an ultrasound and they saw that he had internal bleeding and then they end up doing a surgery on him. On Monday, they bring he down to Georgetown Hospital,” she said.

The woman said she subsequently made a report at the Vreed-en-hoop Police Station about the incident and was told that the owner was placed on $20,000 bail. “All he telling me is that he gon support Mark till he get back on he foot,” the mother said.

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