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A teenage farmer is "very lucky to be alive" after her horse kicked her in the face and knocked out her two front teeth.
Ella Shilson, of Sturminster Newton, Dorset, bought Friday the horse earlier this year and was walking him to an arena three days later for their first ride together when the six-year-old farmyard animal became startled.
Friday then accidentally kicked Ella, 19, square in the jaw and knocked her unconscious for about half an hour, until she was found by a dog walker.
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Ella partially came around at that point and was rushed to Poole Hospital in Dorset, where it was found she had a shattered jaw, two missing front teeth, holes in her cheek and her lip had been split in half.
She said: "It’s all a bit of a blur. Pretty much all that I can properly remember is waking up in hospital with my mum next to me."
The dairy farm worker said medical staff told her she was fortunate to have survived the injury as Friday's horseshoe had landed on her face just inches away from "knocking her nose up to her brain."
Ella was taken in for surgery the next day where doctors fitted a metal place and brackets to hold her jaw and teeth in place before being discharged three days later. She then had the brackets removed after three months.
But Ella said having her front teeth missing impacted her confidence, with passers-by saying she looked like a "vampire".
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The only way Ella was able to get her teeth back was by having dentures fitted, but the NHS reportedly told the teen there was a wait of up to three years to receive them – so she fundraised to get them done privately.
"I set up the GoFundMe because the NHS said that even for the dentures, it was a two-to-three-year wait," she said.
Now, Ella has a new set of front teeth that she has to remove at night, and while she loves having her smile back, she said taking out the prosthetics every evening is a reminder of her freak accident.
The teenager is now hoping for a more permanent fix and is hoping to raise £10,000 through GoFundMe for implants she won't have to take out while she sleeps.
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She also had one of her bottom teeth removed to straighten up her jaw during surgery, and hopes to have this fixed with the implants as well.
As for her relationship with her beloved horse, Ella said the ordeal hasn't affected them and praised the equine as "good as gold".
"Things are really good with Friday," she said. "He didn’t do it out of spite, he got scared.
"He’s like a different horse. He’s good as gold, has the nicest temperament ever and knows that he’s home and not going anywhere now, he’s very settled.
"We’re the best of friends. He neighs at me every time I see him and runs up to me in the field, he’s my little baby."
The University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust said Poole Hospital deals with emergency patients and that after initial emergency care patients are discharged back to their general dental practice.
You can donate to Ella’s fundraising page here.
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