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Horse accident leaves girl in coma

Published Sep. 27, 2005

The 13-year-old girl was found in a parking lot outside Batten's Rodeo Arena. Officials say her horse rolled over her.

A 13-year-old girl remains in a coma after authorities said her horse rolled over her and left her with serious brain injuries.

Wendy Cisek, an eighth-grader at Parrott Middle School, was found unconscious Saturday night outside Batten's Rodeo Arena, 27151 Soult Road east of Brooksville. She was bleeding from the ears and nose, a Hernando County sheriff's report said.

According to a friend who was with Wendy at the rodeo, Wendy had said she was going for a ride outside the arena about 8:30 p.m. About a half-hour later, a Belleview man _ who at first thought Wendy was an injured animal _ discovered her lying curled up in the parking lot and called 911. Her horse was gone, although a woman later said she saw a horse running from the area about the time the girl was found.

Wendy, of 4470 Lager St. northeast of Spring Lake, was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where she remained Monday evening in critical condition in the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit. Hernando County sheriff's spokeswoman Deanna Dammer said that no one witnessed the accident, but added that because of the type of injuries _ swelling to the brain but no signs that she was kicked or dragged _ authorities think Wendy's horse reared up and rolled over her.

Nick Cisek, Wendy's 16-year-old brother, said his sister is a competent rider who has had the horse, a brown quarterhorse with a white patch on its nose, for five months. He described the horse as a "calm" animal. It was found wandering along Soult Road after the accident.

Nick said horses are his sister's life.

"She rides almost every day. She used to practice with barrels," he said. "She always rode alone."