Influencer Emmie Sperandeo hospitalized after horse falls on her at Arizona ranch
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An adored TikTok star was hospitalized after she suffered a traumatic head injury as a horse she was riding fell on top of her at an Arizona ranch.
Emmie Sperandeo — who has 1.6 million followers on TikTok — fractured her skull in two places during the freak accident, according to a GoFundMe set up by her family.
She had been moving cattle when she was spun off her horse.
“[The horse] hit hard enough that people from 100 yards away could hear the impact of her head on the ground,” Marino Sperandeo, Emmie’s father, told AZ Family.
Her father says the horse also whiplashed his daughter as it fell sideways, causing her head to smack into the “rocky ground.”
Sperandeo gained fame across social media where she posted videos as she worked on ranches and traveled throughout the US.
Most recently, the TikToker has been documenting her journey from Montana to Arizona.
Sperandeo had been unconscious for over a week following the accident but had since woken and improved enough to leave the ICU, according to her family.
Since her accident, Sperandeo has been flooded with letters from loyal fans, but the influencer has been left clueless as to why she’s receiving all the support.
“She’s able to read your sweet letters and kind words, but still is unable to comprehend why she’s here, or why people are writing to her,” the family shared in an update on her GoFundMe page.
The 27-year-old’s brain injury has left her memory fragmented, with the TikToker only being able to recall events from about seven to 14 years ago, according to the outlet.
The Florida native had already been healing from a concussion and broken finger she sustained in April after she was bucked off a horse and tossed onto the railing of a nearby fence, according to the page.
Marino said his daughter’s love for animals, fascination with Western living, and knowledge of social media guided her to become the star she is today, saying the majority of “her income is derived from social media efforts.”
Her father revealed that Sperandeo was removed from his medical insurance less than a year ago and is unsure if she had insurance following her removal from his plan.
“She’s 27 now and since then she got dropped off my insurance probably less than a year ago. When that happened I don’t know if she went out and got the Affordable Care Act or got Medicare or supplemental health insurance,” her father said.
Sperandeo’s family shared that rehabilitation will take months to complete, and the influencer will need to be treated at “a full-time care unit,” which is “unfathomably expensive.”
Over six thousand fans and supporters have raised $185,000 through the crowdfunding site to support the influencer with her family saying “little pieces of her sparkle are coming back” on Friday morning.
“It is abundantly clear just how much of an impact she has had on so many people around the world,” her family wrote in an update via GoFundMe.