Madi Roome, then aged two, had gone out with her father and older brother Finnley for their morning exercise. The trio were heading for Telegraph Hill in Claygate, Surrey, when Madi was struck by the horse. The animal was walking past from a nearby livery yard.
The child’s mother, Jen Roome, said: “The horse had kicked out somehow and hit Madi full in the face.
“Madi was, in true Madi style, wearing one of her princess dresses; we don’t know if that startled the horse. She was lying unconscious on the ground; it was not a pretty sight.”
The accident, in May 2020, required the assistance of two ambulances and one air ambulance.
Madi was treated at the scene before being flown to a large trauma centre, St George’s Hospital, in Tooting, London.
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Ms Aimee, 38, said: “We were very fortunate; because of Covid the roads were clear and the road ambulance was able to get to us very quickly.
“And because there wasn’t much road traffic, the air ambulance wasn’t dealing with a road crash and was free to come to us.”
The girl suffered multiple facial fractures and damage to her eye.
Her injuries were so severe, doctors at one stage considered the insertion of metal plates but eventually opted for a less invasive procedure.
Madi, as a gesture of gratitude for saving her, is excited about becoming one of the first young ambassadors for Air Ambulance Kent Surrey and Sussex (KSS).
The charity’s air ambulance, which operates out of Redhill Aerodrome, has to raise £15.2million a year for its service, and 86 percent of its total income comes from donations.
As an ambassador, Madi will help promote their service and attend fundraising events.
Ever since the accident, the family has been determined to support KSS.
Ms Romee said: “I didn’t realise at that time it was a charity. I just assumed it was part of the NHS service.
“KSS provide life-saving specialist critical care at the roadside and have saved thousands of lives like Madi’s.
“They were there for me and my family at a time when we so urgently needed help, and for that we’ll be forever thankful.”
They are also holding their own Miles4Madi cycling fundraiser in Claygate on March 26.