Sarah Leonard, 59, trampled by the animals in a Lincolnshire field. She suffered horrific injuries, including multiple broken bones Amazingly, she stayed conscious and managed to call 999 on mobile Paramedics struggled to find her as she didn't know where she was
By Sam Webb
PUBLISHED: 07:56 EST, 21 November 2013 | UPDATED: 08:06 EST, 21 November 2013
A 59-year-old nurse has been left in intensive care after being trampled by a herd of cows - while taking part in a treasure hunt.
Sarah Leonard was walking in a field with her dog in North Scarle, Lincolnshire, when the group of animals charged, leaving her with life-threatening injuries. She suffered two broken arms, a broken collarbone, a broken jaw and several broken ribs in the terrifying stampede on Saturday afternoon.
Incredibly, Sarah bravely managed to dial 999 herself but it took paramedics 30 minutes to find her as she did not know where she was. She was rushed to Lincoln County Hospital where she today remained in a stable condition after several operations to save her life.
Yesterday her worried brother, Andrew Leonard, 62, said: 'She is now very slowly on the mend.'
Sarah, from Norton, Sheffield, had been 'geocaching' - an internet-based high-tech treasure hunt which uses GPS.
A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: 'We received a call from a woman saying she had been injured and was lying in a field. Although she didn’t know exactly where she was, within half-an-hour her car was located at North Scarle cemetery. And she was found in the field off Church Lane in the village soon after. The woman was in quite a bad way, with severe injuries including a broken jaw and other fractures. Sarah’s pet King Charles spaniel Megs was uninjured after she ran off when around a dozen cows charged at them at around 3.25pm.
For more on this story, click here for Mail Online News. And beware of those friendly looking cows next time you are out caching.