Five-year-old Jaycie West lay in the hospital bed. She overheard a nurse explain that sick children were not permitted to go to the family waiting room, even to quietly celebrate a brother's fourth birthday.
"I'm not sick. I just got kicked in the head by a horse." She was wheeled down to see her brother, Eastan.
On Friday, January 25th, Jaycie was with her mother, Amber, her father, Zach, and her brother at the Central States Fair Event Center. She was, as usual, on her mother's horse, but this time it spooked into a gallop.