A young mum who was left brain damaged after falling from her horse when thugs pelted it with stones has returned home in time for Christmas.
After 19 months in hospital, “miracle” Lindsey Broomhead is now finally well enough to be home with her two children, daughter Kayden, ten, and son Corey, six.
The 30-year-old horse lover will be living with her mum and dad, Val, 60, and Frank, 63, who are also legal guardians of Lindsey’s children, at their home in Rotherham, South Yorks.
The mum-of-two will have seven carers providing round-the-clock care as she still cannot walk, talk and has tubes to eat.
This Christmas will be a far-cry from the last, when the family had to spend the day in hospital to be with Lindsey.
It is a Christmas the family thought they would never see.
Although Lindsey has every right to be bitter she remains thankful to be alive and savours every moment with her precious children.
She could have died after the brutal attack, in which a group of young teenage boys threw stones at her Gypsy Cob cross horse Murphy, as they were riding on private land on May 17, 2014.
Stable hands were only alerted to the fact something was wrong as Murphy had bolted and returned to the stables.
Lindsey was rushed to hospital and amazingly she was discharged after two days.
But the damage was unseen and just 12 hours after she was released she suffered a massive stroke and she was rushed back to hospital.
From there she had extensive surgery to remove part of her brain and her long road to recovery began.
She has had several health scares and was in the High Dependency Unit (HDU) just last month after she contracted an infection.
But now she is home the family are hoping she will stay safer and well and closer to her children.
Mum Val said: “She’s a miracle. She’s here for a reason.”
Best friend Sarah Jane Binder, 34, said: “It’s lovely to have Lindsey home for Christmas, but Christmas comes secondary. The best thing ever is that Lindsey is home.”
Lindsey’s friends have kept her horse, Murphy, for her and he too has recovered from the ordeal.
Sarah Jane: “Murphy was very nervous and would jump at every loud noise. Luckily he is going from strength to strength and seems to have returned to his calmer self.”
Nobody has ever been questioned in regards to the incident. The young boys have never been caught or come forward.
Mum Val said: “I hope the boys see this and know what damage they have done.”