A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy has undergone surgery and is recovering in hospital after being trampled and bitten by a horse on the NSW Central Coast.
It happened on a property at Wyong Creek about 4.30pm on Wednesday.
In a post on Facebook, the boy’s Aunt Katrina Newell said her young nephew was holding the horse when a dog ran into the yard and spooked the large animal.
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She said the horse went “nuts” and stomped on her nephews head before biting him “around the neck”.
“He was not doing anything to the horse, one of the dogs ran into the yard while my nephew was holding the horse for the farrier,” Ms Newell said.
“The horse doesn’t like the dog and went nuts. It went to bite the dog (but) stomped on my nephews head and then bit him around the neck.”
The boy sustained serious head and facial injuries in the incident, including a broken jaw.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the scene where its crew helped treat the child before flying him to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle for specialist treatment.
Ms Newell said her nephew underwent surgery to wire his jaw together late yesterday afternoon.
“He had surgery last night and is now stable but is being kept sedated for a few days so his body can start to heal,” she said.
“It was no ones fault, it was a terrible accident that could have taken a child’s life.”