A WOMAN has been flown to hospital with serious injuries after being attacked by cows in a “horrific” incident.
Janicke Tvedt, 55, was walking her Labrador, named Goose, when she was attacked and trampled on by cows.
She was out with her partner David to take her mind off her upcoming cancer surgery, which was scheduled a few days later.
Regarding the incident, Janicke said: “As soon as we entered the field, I could see that there were cows in front of me. So I grabbed the dog and put him on a leash.
“We initially thought we had managed to walk around the herd, but then we realized there was another cow on the other side of the hedge with a calf that was startled by the dog. We were a bit shaken and scared so we regrouped and kept running but the next thing we knew half the herd had come back behind us.
“I got a headbutt in the knees when a cow lunged at the dog and I was thrown to the ground. As I lay on the ground, another cow raised her front half and stomped on me at least four times with her front hooves. ”
Cattle can weigh more than a ton and several people have died from dangerous cow encounters in recent years.
Janicke continues: “After that, one of the cows rolled on top of me and then everything was quiet. I lay there and my partner came back and helped me. He helped me to a nearby tree as the cows had blocked the exit.
“Cows surrounded us near the tree. I knew something serious was wrong. I told my partner where to find my will and what my wishes were then luckily the cows left.”
After she lost her phones in the attack, her partner in Masham, North Yorkshire, ran to a nearby golf club and managed to get one of the golfers to call emergency services.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance was dispatched and after an on-site assessment she was flown to Leeds General Infirmary for further treatment.
Tests at the hospital revealed that Janicke had broken several ribs and damaged part of her intestines. Janicke underwent surgery, where she was fitted with a colon resection and a colostomy bag. Unfortunately, this delayed her cancer treatment.
The cow attack caused lasting physical and mental damage to Janicke, but she regains her self-confidence when she goes for walks and has since had the colostomy bag pulled back. As part of her rehabilitation, she is walking 1,000 miles to raise funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Janicke’s incident will be featured on the Yorkshire Air Ambulance reality TV show ‘Helicopter ER’ at 9pm today.
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