Tuesday 25 October 2016

Mum-of-three suffered horrific injuries 'while trying to save dog during cow attack'

Published 05/09/2016 | 10:42

Caroline Somerville
Caroline Somerville

A mother-of-three who suffered horrific injuries after she was attacked by a cow in Co Fermanagh remains in a stable condition in hospital.

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Caroline Somerville, who works as a librarian at the Belfast Bible College, had been visiting Devenish Island with family members when the freak incident occurred.

Friends at the Bible College had been praying for her recovery.

Ms Somerville, who is aged in her 40s and from south Belfast, had been walking her dog when the attack happened on the island in Lower Lough Erne last weekend.

It is believed she went to the aid of the family pet when the cow attacked. The dog was taken to a vet, but later died from its injuries.

The mother-of-three was initially airlifted to the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen in a critical condition.

Mum-of-three Caroline Somerville
Mum-of-three Caroline Somerville

She was later transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. It is believed she had surgery on her colon and back.

A spokesman for the Belfast Health Trust last night described her condition as stable.

A spokesman from the Belfast Bible College described Ms Somerville as a popular member of staff and said many students had been left distressed by the news that she was so badly injured. He said she was an invaluable asset for the students who attend the college.

Belfast Telegraph

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