Emmie Sperandeo was moving cattle at a ranch last week when her horse “spun and fell on top of her," family says
A social media influencer known for her popular Western lifestyle content is recovering after sustaining serious injuries in a horse-related accident.
Family members say Emmie Sperandeo, 27, was injured last week in Arizona after the horse she was riding fell on top of her, according to KTVK and CBS affiliate KPHO-TV.
Emmie, who has over 1 million followers on TikTok, was moving cattle at a local ranch on May 15 when her horse “spun and fell on top of her,” her sister wrote in a message on a GoFundMe campaign set up to cover medical costs.
Marino Sperandeo, Emmie’s father, told KTVK and CBS affiliate KPHO-TV that “she was holding on to the horse and was whip lashed by the horse as it fell sideways."
"That caused her head to hit the floor" and it fractured in two different places, Marino told the outlet.
Emmie was airlifted to a Trauma Center shortly after the incident, per the GoFundMe. In addition to the head fractures, she was bleeding from her ears.
Marino said his daughter was in the intensive care unit (ICU) for a week after arriving at the hospital, according to KTVK and CBS affiliate KPHO-TV.
“She’s a tough kid,” Marino said, “but she’s got a long road ahead of her.”
Emmie was already healing from a concussion and broken finger she sustained in April when she was thrown from a bucking horse onto the railing of a nearby fence, family members said.
On May 19, doctors said Emmie had stabilized, according to the family’s GoFundMe campaign. She also began to regain consciousness for brief periods of time.
However, Emmie is dealing with memory loss following last week’s incident.
In a message shared on the GoFundMe page this week, her sister Natalie said that Emmie “is unable to comprehend why she’s here, or why people are writing to her."
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As of Sunday, the influencer was “still leaking brain fluid” and had to “remain upright and hooked up to IV until the leaking stops, Natalie said. By Monday, her condition improved enough for her to be moved from the ICU to the neurological ward, where she’ll receive both speech and physical therapy.
Doctors have said Emmie will likely remain at the trauma center for another three weeks while she recovers from her injuries.
Rehabilitation will take months, her sister wrote on the fundraising page, adding that Emmie will need to be treated at “a full time care unit,” which is “unfathomably expensive.”
Nearly $185,000 has been raised via GoFundMe to support Emmie and her family as of Thursday.
“To everyone who loves Emmie — thank you for thinking of her and sending her the strength that she will need to recover,” read a message on the fundraising page. “It is abundantly clear just how much of an impact she has had on so many people around the world."
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