Retired teacher left in coma after being trampled by herd of cows

Jimmy Nsubuga
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Pip Peacock, 63, fwas trampled by a herd of cows. (SWNS)
Pip Peacock, 63, was trampled by a herd of cows. (SWNS)

A retired teacher has told how she was left in a coma with 34 broken ribs after being trampled by a herd of cows.

Pip Peacock, 63, was walking her dog Buster when one of the animals suddenly attacked her in the Peak District.

Sadly Buster, a 13-year-old black labrador, was killed in the attack.

"The first thing I recall about the attack is one cow coming for me," Peacock recalled when speaking about the attack in September 2019.

"Then I was lying on the ground and was kicked and rolled over several times.

“I tried to shout for help but had no voice.”

Emergency services attend the scene where Pip Peacock was attacked in Derbyshire. (SWNS)
Emergency services attend the scene where Pip Peacock was attacked in Derbyshire. (SWNS)

Peacock, from Bakewell, Derbyshire, fell to the ground before the rest of the herd approached and began kicking and rolling over her.

Her screams were eventually heard by a passing man and a woman who chased the cattle away.

An air ambulance attended the scene at Magpie Mine, near Sheldon, and flew her to Sheffield's Northern General Hospital.

Peacock suffered 34 breaks in her ribs, a broken collarbone, broken shoulder ligaments, and a broken finger, as well as serious wounds to her left leg and right knee.

Surgeons had to use 17 titanium plates to repair her rib cage and her husband was warned the trauma to her body meant she could die.

She has since a miraculous recovery after spending eight days in an induced coma and a further two weeks in hospital.

Peacock paid tribute to her dog, Buster, adding: “He was very placid and loved by everyone - even some people who didn’t usually like dogs.

"He came to us at 18 months from the Dog’s Trust and we couldn’t have asked for a better dog."

She now wants to raise awareness of the potential dangers of walking near cows, especially with dogs, but hold no ill-feeling about the incident.

Pip Peacock is raising funds for the air ambulance charity by walking 1,000 miles. (SWNS)
Pip Peacock is raising funds for the air ambulance charity by walking 1,000 miles. (SWNS)

Peacock said: "I think it was just an unfortunate event.

"I have had incredible support since the accident and can see that good things have come out of it.

"I am making good progress but still struggle with pain from time to time.”

Peacock said if it wasn't for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance she might not be alive today.

The air ambulance flew her to hospital in just 10 minutes when a road journey from the remote location would have taken about 45 minutes.

She is now raising funds for the air ambulance charity by walking 1,000 miles during 2021 and has already completed 200 miles.

You can donate here.