A South Yorkshire mum left brain damaged and paralysed after being thrown from her horse when thugs pelted the animal with stones has finally returned home.
After a 19 month battle, Lindsey Broomhead has been deemed well enough to return home to her daughter Kayden, aged 10, and six-year-old son Corey.
The 30-year-old horse lover lives with her mum Val, 60, and dad Frank, 63, who are now legal guardians of her children.
The mum-of-two has a team of carers providing round-the-clock care in a specially adapted bungalow in Thurcroft as she still cannot walk, talk or eat.
Lindsey was left fighting for life when her horse Murphy reared up in panic after being struck by stones on a track on Duke of Norfolk Lane, Wickersley, in May, 2014.
She was thrown to the ground while the yobs responsible, who have not yet been caught, ran off.
Lindsey was initially able to speak and walk after the attack and described how youths had thrown stones at Murphy and how she had asked them to stop.
But two days later she was rushed to hospital and tests revealed she had suffered a severe brain injury and a stroke.
Her mum Val said: “I hope the boys see this and know what damage they have done.
“To think this has all happened needlessly, through some kids playing a prank, it is heartbreaking.
“Sometimes you could break down with the sadness of it all but we have to keep going for Lindsey, just as she has kept us going. The amount of strength she has shown is phenomenal.”
She described Lindsey as a Christmas ‘miracle’.
“It is sad that Lindsey will never be the same vibrant woman she was before, but we are happy she is here,” she added.
“She is a miracle, the doctors told that after she had major surgery. We believe she was kept alive for a reason.
“It is a Christmas miracle that she is finally home. She was here to see her children’s faces on Christmas Day, to wake up with them in the morning and watch them open their presents.
“When the kids woke up they snuggled up to their mum in bed before they came downstairs, that is the best present of all.
“Despite what she has gone through, the Lindsey of old is still there. She can communicate with us through her iPad and a computer that speaks aloud. Her vibrant personality shines through and she has always kept her spirits high. She is such an inspiration. We feel blessed to have her.”
Police are still looking for the young yobs who threw the stones.
Lindsey had asked them to stop, with one of the group saying ‘leave her alone’.
But one of the lads threw one more stone, hitting Murphy on the head and sending him rearing up into the air in fright.
Stable hands were only alerted to the fact something was wrong as Murphy had bolted and returned to the stables.
n Anyone with information about the attack should contact police on 101.