The Cofield Family
What the Cofield family imagined was just another day at their stables, riding and caring for their horses turned out to be one of the darkest days the Cofields had yet to experience as a family. When six year old Greer Cofield was struck unexpectedly in the face by her horse, parents Gregg and Shannon rushed from their home in Cartersville, GA to be by their daughter’s side after she was air lifted from the stable directly to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga where she received intensive care for her injuries which included numerous facial and cranial fractures, large lacerations to the face, frontal lobe damage and bleeding in the brain.
The Cofields were extremely thankful when a room opened at the Ronald McDonald House across the street from where Greer was staying. “Just to get out of the hospital for a little while-- everything was such an emotional rollercoaster that you can only spend so much time in that little waiting room or in the room,” said Shannon. “It was nice to be able to sit right down here in a comfortable place… When you come back over here [House] you realize you aren’t the only ones in this situation,” said Gregg.
Greer was released from Children's Hospital at Erlanger and returned home where she began attending speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. However, after being evaluated by her doctors just 10 days later, Greer was discharged and only required to attend physical therapy. Just three months after the accident, Greer is now back at school full time and riding horses once again.