• 7-year-old Kansas boy dies after horse accident

    By: Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    WINFIELD, Kan. - An elementary school student in Kansas has died after getting injured in a horseback riding accident.

    Local news outlet NewsCow reported that the family of 7-year-old Max Henderson died at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas, Monday. Max was hurt when a horse flipped over on him Sunday, the family said.

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    Max was rushed to William Newton Hospital in Winfield, Kansas and stabilized. He then transported Wesley Medical Center where he had surgery. He died shortly after, his family said in a Facebook post, according to NewsCow.

    KAKE reported that Max and his family were involved in rodeo activities in the Cowley County area and across Kansas. He was a student at Country View Elementary School, which also issued a statement on his death and said there would be professional support for students, parents and staff.

    "Max had the most amazing 7 years possible. He said many times that he wanted to be 7 forever. I think deep down he knew he wasn’t here for a long time. We are honored to have been his parents and grateful for every second," Max's parents, Shane Henderson and Missi Henderson, said in a statement, according to KAKE.

    "We will honor his life by living out the rest of our earthly days with happiness and fun. We will miss him. Oh my, we will miss him," the statement continued. "We will have sad days, but we will not live sad lives. Please raise us up in prayer to help us to live as Max would wish. Without fear & full of happy times and fun. I would say fly high, but he’s already there."

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