Friday 27 April 2018

Picture: Librarian mum left seriously hurt after she tried to save her dog from cow attack

Family at bedside of woman injured in horrific incident on Lough Erne

Devenish Island in Co Fermanagh, inset, Caroline Somerville
Devenish Island in Co Fermanagh, inset, Caroline Somerville

Rebecca Black and Ann W Schmidt

Family and friends were last night praying for a Bible College librarian who suffered horrific injuries after she was attacked by a cow in Co Fermanagh.

Caroline Somerville, aged in her 40s from south Belfast, had been visiting Devenish Island with family members walking their dog when there was an incident with the farm animal.

Caroline Sommerville who was attacked by a cow
Caroline Sommerville who was attacked by a cow

It is believed Mrs Somerville went to the aid of the family pet when she was attacked. The dog later died.

The mother-of-three was initially airlifted to the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen and later transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Devenish Island in Co Fermanagh
Devenish Island in Co Fermanagh

It is believed she had surgery on her colon and back.

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Belfast Bible College
Belfast Bible College

Her family were at her bedside last night where her condition had improved from critical to stable.

The family had been enjoying a bank holiday weekend break at one of their favourite destinations, and it is understood that it was down to their quick actions that she was able to be rushed to hospital in good time.

A Belfast Bible College spokesman described her as a popular member of staff and said many of their students are extremely distressed about the incident.

A friend that Caroline loved to holiday in Fermanagh.

"Our thoughts and prayers are very much with Caroline and her family," he said. "She has been on a bank holiday weekend break, she loves it down there in that part of the world.

"Caroline has been on staff for almost 10 years and is very popular. Very helpful.

"A quiet person in some ways, yet an invaluable asset for the students. Many of our students are very distressed about the news. We look forward to her recovery and we will be praying for that."

Along with college principal Patrick Mitchel, Caroline helped to raise £5,000 for the college by jumping out of a plane over the north coast recently.

She studied Library and Information Studies at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen before returning to Belfast.One of her neighbours in the Malone area of south Belfast and described the family as quiet.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Communities said it is undertaking inquiries.

"The incident occurred on private land," she said. "The department is involved with discussions with relevant authorities and the landowner to ascertain exactly what happened."

The Health Service Executive for NI said it was "aware of an incident in Co Fermanagh involving cattle in which a member of the public was injured" and said it was investigating the matter.

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