Trainer Matt Dunn opens up about head injury after he was kicked by a horse

Matt Dunn with his wife Keira at their stables. Dunn was kicked in the head by a horse an

Matt Dunn with his wife Keira at their stables. Dunn was kicked in the head by a horse and suffered bleeding on the brain as well as a fractured skull.

MATT Dunn is still counting his lucky stars as he opened up yesterday about just how serious his head injury could have been.

Trainer Dunn was rushed to hospital last Monday afternoon after being kicked in the head by a horse in the tie-up stalls at his Murwillumbah stables in a freak accident that he described as “like being smashed over the head with a sledgehammer”.

The 42-year-old is likely to need a steel plate inserted into his face after suffering multiple fractures to his cheekbone but it could have been much worse.

Dunn also suffered bleeding on the brain as well as a fracture to his skull.

“Where the horse (Velrosso) struck me is right on the temple and there was one fracture that went up to my skull rather than down and there was a bit of bleeding on the brain,” Dunn said yesterday.

“It ended up OK but it got referred to the neurosurgeons in Southport and they said if it had have been a bit a little bit higher or a little harder it could have been not good.

“I consider myself lucky for sure and anything that happens around your head can always go either way but you try not to think about that stuff.

“They were pretty concerned though and the first couple of nights in hospital they did a number of CT scans and they woke me up every 15 minutes to shine torches in my eyes.”

Dunn was left with “a dirty big hole” on his right temple and said his head swelled up like a “watermelon”.

The swelling is now going down and Dunn will meet with a surgeon on Wednesday to determine whether he needs surgery.

Trainer Matt Dunn in hospital after being kicked by a horse.

Trainer Matt Dunn in hospital after being kicked by a horse.

Dunn said the incident happened so fast.

“I don’t remember much at all and I must have got knocked out for a little while,” he said.

“There were a few people there and they said it was just one of those things and the horse got a fright and struck out and my head was in the wrong spot at the wrong time.

“It was a front foot but there was still a fair bit of force and there is a big steel shoe on the horse’s foot.

“It does a bit of damage and it’s like being smashed over the head with a sledgehammer.

“I only needed five stitches but you could have probably stuck three fingers in the hole in the side of my head.”

Dunn has been bedridden for the past few days and is slowly recovering.

“I’ve got plenty of pain killers but my jaw is still sore and my eye is pretty much closed up and I’ve got a bit of double vision,” he said.

Dunn’s wife Keira acted quickly after the accident and rushed him straight to Murwillumbah District Hospital before he was transferred by ambulance to The Tweed Hospital.

“I was terrified,” Keira said.

“When they took him to Tweed they had the first scans and said he had a slightly collapsed skull and a fracture that goes up to your brain and that’s a highly likely spot to have a bleed.

“I was thinking he needs five stitches and then they are talking about having surgery on the Gold Coast and it just escalated really quickly until he had another CT scan.”

Dunn said Keira has been his “rock” throughout the whole ordeal.

“She stayed in hospital all night and then came in and run this place for four days,” Dunn said.

 

Story courtesy Brad Davidson – Gold Coast Bulletin

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