Deana Williams first took up horseback riding when she was just three years old. At 43, she was an accomplished veteran of the sport. But no amount of experience could have prevented the accident that left her in a coma.
It took a week for Deana Williams to open her eyes.
“You go through more even emotions than you know you even had- anger, pain, sad, happy, just for the little things. When she opened her eyes the first time, you don`t know whether to cry to jump up and down,” said Deana’s husband Chris Williams.
Chris has experienced ups and downs ever since his wife was rushed to the hospital On May 20th. He's been by her side the entire time- Hoping, praying, and waiting for her to come out of the coma.
“You always think it happens to somebody else. You never think it’s going to happen to somebody you know,” said Chris.
Tracy Bain had those same thoughts when she witnessed the accident that nearly killed her friend.
“She was the second runner out. I was sitting outside the arena by the first barrel.,” said Tracy about that Sunday the accident happened, “It just looked like her horse kind of got tripped up and as her horse went down she went down and the horse rolled over her.”
And instantly Tracy, a registered nurse, was at her side. Tracy remembered, saying Deana had landed face down. They first checked to make sure she was breathing and had a pulse. They ended up doing a few chest compressions, and then protected her head and neck while they waited for help to arrive. Deana was flown to Mercy Hospital by helicopter.
Those first few minutes may have made all the difference, and Chris is hoping they did.
“That`s what the nurses and doctors keep saying, it’s going to be a long road. It’s going to take a long time. 2 years has been mentioned several times. Perfection would be that she`s herself, and can go back to doing what she loves and go from there,” said Williams.
And what she loves is riding.
“She’s 43 years old, been riding horses since she was 3 years old,” said Williams, “It’s an art form. There’s never a moment she’s happier.”
Deana was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. It's not mandatory in the sport, but since Deana's accident several of her friends and family have gone out and bought helmets. The family is setting up a donation account for Deana at US Bank in Boone. They have also placed donation jars at several businesses in the area.