Silva Martin Hospitalized Following Riding Accident

March 6th, 2014 8:52 AM | Comments Off on Silva Martin Hospitalized Following Riding Accident

By Coree Reuter-McNamara,

Silva Martin an upper level dressage rider and wife of four-star eventer and U.S. Olympic team member Boyd Martin, has been hospitalized following an accident at her winter home in Wellington, Florida on March 5. Silva was teaching a lesson on horseback when the horse she was riding tripped and fell on her. According to all reports, Silva was wearing a helmet, but was knocked unconscious and suffered a seizure.

She was immediately transported via helicopter to the hospital, and Boyd has reported that there is bleeding and swelling in her brain, she having trouble moving her left arm and leg, and that she is in intensive care in stable condition.

Boyd, and Silva’s doctors, remain optimistic that Silva is suffering from a severe concussion rather than a more traumatic brain injury

Boyd was scheduled to ride five horses at this weekend’s Red Hills Horse Trials in Tallahassee, but he is uncertain if he will be competing.

Boyd released the following statement on his blog this morning:

Yesterday morning, March 5th, my wife Silva Martin was riding in her dressage facility in Wellington, Florida when she had a freak fall from a horse that she was training. The horse had an almost comical trip and Silva bumped her head on the horse’s neck on the way down, and hit the ground unconscious which was followed shortly by a seizure.

 Silva’s trusty crew of girls at the barn jumped into action and paramedics were on the scene immediately. Silva was airlifted to the ER at the Delray Medical Center in nearby Delray Beach.

 So far CT scans show some bleeding on her brain, which remains stable scan after scan. Doctors are opting not to do surgery at this time in hopes that Silva’s body reabsorbs the blood.

 At the moment the doctors are hoping that slowly but surely she will come back to her senses as her body heals from the injury. Her current condition is a deep sleep, and doctors expect that it will take a few days for her to be more responsive and alert.

 I’d like to thank the thousands of well-wishers who have been keeping Silva in their thoughts and prayers. Since the tragedy of Courtney King Dye, Silva has worn her Charles Owen helmet every day and doctors assured us that if she hadn’t had her helmet on in this instance the conversation we’d be having would be extremely different.

Silva, 33, was recently part of the United States team who won the Dressage Nations Cup two weeks ago. In addition to the team victory aboard Rosa Cha W, a homebred, Silva won the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W Prix St. Georges last weekend.

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