Woman attacked by ‘frantic cows’ taken to hospital with horrific injuries

A woman attacked by ‘frantic cows’ says she would have been killed if it weren’t for her husband. Margaret Donlan was walking a quiet country walk on a public sidewalk when cows attacked her.

She suffered multiple injuries including broken ribs and damage to her liver and lungs in the attack. He had a wound the size of a hoof even after being repeatedly kicked by the animals.

Unable to get away from the mad animals, she says that only when her husband managed to beat them, she ran away. He was able to carry her to safety, even though he himself was injured, mirror report,

After the attack, he was taken to a hospital where he was treated for six broken ribs. He also had a ruptured liver and collapsed lung as a result of the attack.

Days after the death of a dairy farmer, the couple are now warning people of the dangers. Margaret said: “They would have killed me, I know they would have killed me if he hadn’t been there.”

And retired GP Ruth Livingstone, who runs the “Killer Cows” website, is calling for all cattle owners to be insured so that victims can sue.

Margaret, 67, and her husband Martin, Barney, were on a public sidewalk with their seven-year-old cocker spaniel when they were attacked. She said: “A woman was coming to the other side and she said ‘there are cows in the next field but they are fine, I have given them a wide berth’.

“I am wary of cows so I took a look and some of them were put down. I kept my dog ​​by myself on a small ledge away from the cows.

“We had walked for about 50 yards and this cow came to me and I was trying to drive it away. I saw that a big brown cow got up from the lying position and she also came.

“Next thing I knew I was banging my head on the floor. I had these two cows with their hooves on my side.

“My husband also had his head slammed on the floor but he managed to get up and he was fighting and punching and screaming over these two cows.”

She said: “They were in total frenzy. They are pounding their hooves at me and shouting. It was terrible. ,

Martin, 68, a chimney sweep who also received cuts and bruises in the incident, said: “I was trying to do whatever I could to make him go away. I was kicking and screaming and screaming and punching one of them. I was frightened. It didn’t last that long, maximum 20, 30 seconds and then they left us. ,

Margaret, a retired midwife from near Pontefract, West York, was injured near West Burton in the Yorkshire Dales. She was taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, where she remained for five days after last month’s attack.

“I had six broken ribs, a deep wound in my liver, a collapsed lung and hurt really badly. The bruises on my hip were actually hoof-shaped,” she said.

“People have to be made aware, I don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” she said. “The cows that have got new calves are aggressive and protective, they are the new mothers. I don’t blame the cows.”

Rambler and former Manchester GP Ruth Livingstone runs a website called “Killer Cause”, which records incidents involving Walker. In the last five years, he has received reports of 430 people coming face-to-face with angry cows.

She said that in 57% of cases, no one is hurt, but 23% have minor injuries and another 10% are serious. “Seven percent are significant injuries, broken bones or head injuries that require hospitalization, and an additional three percent are very serious, possibly fatal, basically either perforated lungs or ruptured internal organs, or coma. Huh”.

Dr Livingstone said: “We would like to see compulsory public liability insurance for all farmers so that when people are injured, they can sue. We would also like to have a central data base to record all incidents of cattle attack Are.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, 22 people were killed by cattle between 2015-2020. All except four were farm labourers.

In February, farmer Christopher Paul Sharp, 50, received a suspended prison sentence for violating health and safety laws following the death of retired teacher David Tinniswood, 82, who was crushed by cattle in the Yorkshire Dales.

That same year the teacher and father of 59-year-old David Clarke were crushed to death in Dales. On Sunday, 71-year-old dairy farmer Derek Roan was killed in a cow attack near Colvend on Scotland’s Solway coast.

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