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A little girl was kicked in the head by a horse and is in critical care at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital

PHOTO COURTESY OF ASHLEY MERRITT - Ollie Mae Petersen, a 3-year-old girl from Madras, is in critical care at Doernbecher's after being kicked in the head by a horse. A GoFundMe fundraiser has been established to benefit the Petersen family.

PHOTO COURTESY ASHLEY MERRITT - Three-year-old Ollie Mae Petersen pictured at the recent fair.A GoFundMe online fundraising account has been set up to benefit the family of Madras 3-year-old Ollie Mae Petersen, who was kicked in the head by a horse Monday afternoon, Aug. 2.

Ollie's mother, Heather Petersen, reported Tuesday that Ollie is in critical care at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital ICU in Portland.

"We don't know much about the future," Petersen reported Tuesday. "She will be sedated and on a ventilator for a few more days as they try to control brain swelling and seizures. She had surgery last night to remove bone and decompress the skull."

On Wednesday afternoon, Peterson's sister, Nicky Merritt, reported that Ollie has had a stable 24 hours, which she called a miracle.

"Ollie Mae is a true fighter," Merritt said. "The medical team is talking of trying to wake her up from the heavy sedation she has been on to keep her resting and healing after the brain surgery. It is unclear until she is awake what the long-term impacts will be from the injury."

Ollie's oldest cousin, Ashely Merritt, organized the GoFundMe fundraiser, titled "Help Petersen family in a time of need."

To donate, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-petersen-family-in-a-time-of-need?qid=c7dd33e3d975a8d7e1b38ab0e68d7338.

PHOTO COURTESY ASHLEY MERRITT - The family says Ollie is a 'true fighter.'


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