Belmont teen dies after being kicked in head by horse

WCTI News Channel 12 

Charlotte - A Gastonia teen has died after she was kicked in the head by a horse after being thrown off the animal Saturday, according to

Destiny Stafford, 15, was riding her father’s horse at her aunt’s house in Gastonia when the accident happened.

The Stuart Cramer High School student was airlifted to Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte and was listed in critical condition, according to family friend Ashley Cloninger, but hospital officials told Channel 9 Stafford passed away early Monday morning.

Stafford was initially placed on life support and did not show signs of brain activity. Doctors intended to remove her from life support overnight to see if she could breathe on her own.

On Monday morning, Stafford's mother posted a message on Facebook to share their plan to donate Destiny’s organs to help give life to someone else.

Stafford's mother said it is exactly what her daughter would want.

Stafford was a rising 10th-grader and the captain of the junior varsity cheerleading team. Continue reading

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