Army veteran (55) left with an injury that changed her life after she was trampled by a herd of cows

The former army officer told her how her life-changing injuries remained and she was “convinced she would die” after being trampled by a herd of cows on a walk with a dog.

Janicke Tvedt (55) was walking her eight-year-old Labrador goose with her partner David Hood (57) when they came across a herd of 30-year-old cows in Masham, North Yorkshire.

Within minutes, a former army officer serving in Bosnia was removed and pinned to a fence, while animals, apparently afraid that her Labrador posed a threat to their calves, stomped on her body.

She managed to escape when her military training began and she went into “survival mode” when she climbed a tree.

The mother of the two children slipped and fainted before the rescuers arrived and were eventually airlifted to the hospital.

Mrs. Tvedt was left with seven broken ribs, traces of hooves on her chest and legs, and after terrible suffering last July, she needed to remove part of her colon.

Janicke Tvedt, 55, remained with seven broken ribs, hooves on her chest and legs and needed to remove part of her colon after being attacked by cows.

Janicke Tvedt, 55, remained with seven broken ribs, hooves on her chest and legs and needed to remove part of her colon after being attacked by cows.

The former army officer was walking her eight-year-old Labrador goose (pictured together) when they came across a herd of 30-year-old cows in Masham, North Yorkshire.

The former army officer was walking her eight-year-old Labrador goose (pictured together) when they came across a herd of 30-year-old cows in Masham, North Yorkshire.

She said: ‘I was convinced I was going to die.

“I tried to get in touch with my son, because as far as I was concerned, it was – I’ve never met anyone.

“If there was a child or an older person, they wouldn’t survive – so serious was the attack.”

Now Mrs. Tvedt, who has followed the farmer’s instructions to keep her dog on a leash, is urging those who find themselves in a similar situation to let their pets run free.

She explained: ‘What you should do when you are attacked by cattle is to leave the dog out of the leash and kick him.

“The problem is the dog.” He sees it as a predator. “

On the day of the attack, Mrs. Tvedt, who now works as a life coach, went with her partner and their dog for a walk near the business town of Masham near Harrogate on July 25 last year.

It was a footpath she had passed without accident, but on that occasion, as she walked around the hedge, she came face to face with a horned cow and her two calves.

She she said: ‘We were obviously frightened by the cow, so she threw herself directly at the dog on the leash. She kicked the dog and the dog rolled on the ground.

“Then a lot of other cows stood up for her.” They pinned us to a hedge. I had the dog very tight on a leash, which I thought I should do.

“I stood there really still with my partner, I didn’t try to be aggressive towards the cows, and after about ten minutes of sniffing us, I thought they were leaving.

“Then the dog was attacked again by a cow, but it also hit me in the knees and knocked me to the ground.”

Now she lay on her back, the cows trampling on the former army officer while her agitated partner watched helplessly.

Mrs. Tvedt managed to escape by climbing a tree, where she slipped and lost consciousness before being transported to the hospital by air.  Pictured: Paramedics treating Mrs. Tvedt after the incident

Mrs. Tvedt managed to escape by climbing a tree, where she slipped and lost consciousness before being transported by air to the hospital. Pictured: Paramedics treating Mrs. Tvedt after the incident

A former army officer said the animals pinned her to the fence and stomped on her body.  Pictured: Injury of Mrs. Tvedt

A former army officer said the animals pinned her to the fence and stomped on her body. Pictured: Injury of Mrs. Tvedt

A mother of two (pictured at the hospital) managed to escape when her military training began and she entered “survival mode”

She said, ‘One of them kept getting up on his hind legs and then he stepped on me with his front feet.

“It has stabbed me in the abdomen and chest at least four times and then once in the face, but I had my hand over my face.

“I still have a mark on my face where I think he crushed my glasses.

“Then one of them knocked another, he fell and landed on my feet and then my whole body rolled over my body.

“So I was crushed by her weight – they were absolutely massive horned cattle.”

She added: “I was scared. Apparently I was screaming at the cows. But they snorted, roared and grunted. They dug their hooves on the ground. ”

When the cows parted for a short time, Mrs. Tvedt was fully aware of her terrible injuries.

She said: ‘I had to put my head between my knees to get blood in my head because I was getting dark all the time and then I knew something was really wrong.

“My belly was like a watermelon. It was swollen and bloated and really quite firm – not normal and crumpled. I had such a chest pain. “

But it wasn’t long before the cows returned, so Mrs. Tvedt and her partner had to climb a tree when they were surrounded again.

Janicke Tvedt

Mrs. Tvedt had to remove part of her colon and now wears a colostomy bag

The former army officer needed to have a colostomy bag worn to this day

Mrs. Tvedt stated that she followed the farmer's instructions to keep her dog on a leash

Mrs. Tvedt stated that she followed the farmer’s instructions to keep her dog on a leash

She said: ‘My partner had to hold me back and we were there for about 20 minutes. And when I was in the tree, I passed out three times. “

What to do when you are in a field with cows

Try not to walk in a field where there are cows with calves.

If the cows are without calves, it is still recommended to try to find an alternative route.

If there is no alternative route, follow the path and walk calmly and at a steady pace.

Try not to surprise the cows and don’t get close to them.

Dog owners are advised to keep their pets under control when walking near cows, and some walking fields have signs in place that tell owners to keep their pets on a short leash.

However, if you are in a situation where you and your dog feel in danger, you can release your dog so that you can both escape to safety.

Source: National Animal Welfare Trust

Ms. Tvedt said she had “kicked” her “survival instinct” from being a Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers officer to help her plan their escape.

She said: ‘Clearly I couldn’t walk, but I explained to Dave how he would go for help when I realized I had lost my cell phone in the attack.

“Then he went through another field back to Masham Golf Course and pulled someone with a phone to call an ambulance, and then a Yorkshire air ambulance arrived.”

Mrs. Tvedt was given sedatives at the hospital and required emergency surgery to remove part of her colon.

She then needed to have a colostomy bag worn to this day.

When she finally appeared delirious two days later, she was too frightened to sleep or give herself drops of morphine because she believed she would not “wake up.”

In the following months, the 55-year-old woman, who used to swim three times a week and walked up to 8k every day, began to rebuild her strength.

She entered the gym in October and can now bend to the floor and get up again.

But even though she remains “very controlled”, she knows that her mobility will be limited from now on.

She said: ‘I had to accept what I could and could not do. That was really hard.

“It simply came to my notice then that my relationship with my partner was affected. That was really hard. But he really supported me. ”

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