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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Farmer who tried to stop runaway cow feared he would die

A farmer (55), who feared he would die after being hit by a lorry, has featured in a new documentary.

Chris Jones was struck by the vehicle whilst trying to stop a cow running onto the road in Welshpool.

Jones had managed to steer the runaway animal to safety, but he was unable to move his bike in time. He was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for specialist care following the collision.

Emergency teams battled to establish the extent of the farmer’s injuries. He suffered injuries to both sides of his head, as well as a collapsed lung.

Chris, of Welshpool, was knocked out following the impact with the lorry and suffered injuries to both sides of his head and a collapsed lung.

“It was the most horrific day with torrential rain and one of the cows got out. I could see the lorry coming and just wanted to get it out of the way.

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“I managed it and then jumped on the quad bike to move out of the way. But because it was so wet it just kept spinning and I was hit by the lorry.”

Road to recovery 

He said: “Once I was in hospital, I was quite frightened about not being able to breathe but once my lung was inflated again, I felt much better.”

“The care was fantastic from everyone and there is absolutely nowhere in the country you would want to go or need to be if you are involved in any kind of accident.”

The keen motorcyclist has not let the accident stop him and still regularly goes out on his motorbike as well as uses the quad bike when he’s out in the fields.

“I really believe that when your time is up, your time is up, and people have got off a lot worse than me in much smaller accidents. I was exceptionally lucky and have to look on the bright side because I am still here,” he added.

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