"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give", Winston Churchill.
If Amy has touched your life in any way, you know that she is truly a living example of this quote. Stories of her warm smile, helping hands and generous heart are being shared all over Tryon Horse Country and far beyond as friends, colleagues and students, shake their head in disbelief and try to make sense of this shocking news.
Amy suffered a traumatic brain injury on 9.4.13 while schooling a young horse in her own ring. Fortunately, she was found by a good friend who was able to quickly get assistance for her. Amy received a severe blow to the left side of her head resulting in a skull fracture and subdural hematoma, a broken nose and fractured orbital. She had surgery immediately to relieve the pressure on the brain and stop the bleeding. Presently she is in ICU, heavily sedated, on a ventilator with very serious injuries. Doctors are impressed with how healthy and strong Amy is and they are doing all they can to help her brain heal but it is uncertain how long she will remain comatose...days, weeks or even longer. It is hard to imagine the strength necessary for her husband and young son to sit helplessly by her side.
As you can imagine, Amy has a long road to recovery. Friends are stepping in to run her barn and take care of her horses, which is wonderful and very appreciated but her financial needs are huge! Her medical expenses are extraordinary and she and her husband won't be able to work for some time. She has some coverage but many things are not covered and to offset the cost of medical expenses and all of the out of pocket expenses occurred by this tragedy we are asking for your help. The family is applying for assistance programs but Amy's needs will require the help and support of many friends.
In just 23 hours, 1,415 friends have LIKED Amy Barrington’s FB Recovery page. https://www.facebook.com/amybarringtonrecovery Her family is appreciative of this outpouring of support. We know Amy has many friends, fans and students in the equestrian community and beyond. We are reaching out to you all to please help...every single donation, large or small, makes a big difference and increases the positive energy surrounding Amy and her family. If you have been a student of Amy’s consider donating the cost of a lesson or more. Whether you know Amy personally or not, we hope you will join us and become one of Amy's friends. Help us get Amy back on course!!!
We will keep you posted on her progress. Please give generously for Amy's Road to Recovery!