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Macy comes home for the fair

ABOVE: Macy Rohner Erickson gives her calf, Mosley, a hug Thursday at the Kandiyohi County Fair. The nine-year old Pennock girl accomplished her goal of getting out of the hospital in time for the fair after being critically injured last month. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

WILLMAR — For 2½ weeks, as she sat by her daughter’s side at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Monica Rohner hoped with all her heart that her 9-year-old daughter, Macy Rohner Erickson, would be well enough to go home in time for the start of the Kandiyohi County Fair this week.

That goal, miraculously, was met.

On Tuesday, Macy was discharged from the hospital where she had been recovering from tremendous chest-crushing injuries from a July 17 horse accident. Macy suffered cardiac arrest, underwent CPR and surgery and began what will likely be extensive therapy.

But Macy was out of the hospital and the fair was starting.

So on the way home to the family farm near Pennock, Rohner made a stop at the cattle barns at the fairgrounds, where Macy gave her grandmother, aunts, siblings and cousins –– and her 4-H calf Mosley –– hugs and kisses.

“It must have been dusty in the barn during that time –– saw some eyes being wiped,” Rohner wrote on Macy’s CaringBridge site.

Macy, a wiry, farm girl with bright blue eyes and blond hair, had been working all summer to get her 4-H calf trained and ready for the fair.

Those plans came to a halt when she was trampled by a large horse that was spooked as Macy and her big sister, Dacotah, were getting ready for a daily horse ride.

If the accident had not happened, Macy would have been in the arena with her calf on Thursday for the beef show.

Instead, Dacotah led the calf in front of judges as Macy watched from the sidelines.

“Being here is probably one of the best therapies for her,” said Rohner, during a brief interview Thursday afternoon in the cattle barn, where Macy eagerly curled up beside her sleepy calf after the show was over.

Besides the emotional benefits of being close to the animals and her extended family that camp at the County Fair all week, there is some physical therapy taking place for the Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg fourth-grader.

Friends shout out greetings to Macy and give her high-fives, which encourages use of her left hand and arm that has been affected by oxygen deprivation, said Rohner.

Although she’s made huge leaps in her recovery, Macy tires easily.

She oftentimes chooses to walk, but someone is usually close by with a wheelchair. She’s on a strict regimen with medications and is awake for only 1½-hour stretches.

Macy will begin occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy in Willmar as well as neuro-psych testing at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in the Cities.

Rohner said she’s thankful for the prayers and support of the community during the ordeal. “We definitely need to keep the prayers coming,” she said. “To get her to full recovery will take a while.”

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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