Former Haverhill head teacher was killed after her horse was spooked by a pony

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The former head teacher of a Haverhill school died after falling from her horse, an inquest has heard.

Lesley Farrow, 47, who, until last September, had been in charge at Clements Primary School, suffered multiple rib fractures, one of which inflicted an injury to her heart.

Despite the efforts of a team of doctors and a specialist surgeon who was called in from Cambridge, Mrs Farrow died less than three hours after being taken to the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

The mother-of-two had fallen from her horse in a paddock beside her home at Bradfield Combust, near Bury St Edmunds on July 11.

An inquest at Bury St Edmunds heard that the fall happened as Mrs Farrow’s horse, which had been “playing up”, saw a pony and ran towards it.

In a statement, Lesley’s husband, Tim Farrow, said after being alerted by his daughter he was on the scene within seconds.

After he had realised that his wife was seriously injured, he called for an ambulance.

At the West Suffolk Hospital, medical staff gave Mrs Farrow blood transfusions and had to restart her heart on a number of occasions before she underwent emergency surgery.

Deputy Suffolk Coroner Dr Daniel Sharpstone said while in the operating theatre Mrs Farrow suffered repeated cardiac arrests.

After 30 minutes of attempts to revive her, surgeons declared her dead.

Dr Sharpstone recorded a conclusion of accidental death.

At the time of her death Mrs Farrow was the head teacher at Woodhall Community Primary School in Sudbury.