A horse rider has had her face rebuilt after it was ‘crushed backwards’ when she was trampled on by her own steed.

Dr Elizabeth Keating underwent a gruelling 10-hour operation. Surgeons used photos of her before the accident to make sure her face was realigned correctly.

Her upper jaw was broken in three, her palate was split, both cheekbones fractured and nine ribs broken after her horse got spooked.

But surgeons at St George’s Hospital were able to rebuild her face using 11 plates and 41 screws. They said such devastating injuries are ‘rare’.

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