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Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

Marlene Halt of Tonawanda, New York, is a big fan of Christmas. The 66-year-old grandmother decorates, bakes, and shops extensively every December. But this year, Halt became a Christmas cliche when she got run over by a reindeer -well, not a caribou, but a deer- and spent two weeks in the hospital.

It was just after dinner on Dec. 10, when Halt and her neighbor were out on their nightly walk on Heritage Road across from Brighton Park Golf Course.

It was already dark out and they were on the sidewalk, just a few houses down from Halt’s home on Heritage.

Halt felt something slam into her right side.

“It just came out of nowhere,” she said.

Her friend turned to her and gasped: “Did you feel that brush past?”

At first she didn’t see Halt, she later told her. Then she looked down and saw Halt on the ground.

A deer, possibly spooked by a dog, had crashed into Halt and run away, probably back to the golf course, where deer are often seen.

Halt suffered a broken hip in the crash, and was taken to a hospital where she received hip replacement surgery. Her family was worried, but over time came to see the humor in the situation. Halt is such a big Christmas fan that she actually fulfilled the silly seasonal song. She even got a t-shirt to commemorate the event. Halt recovered from surgery well enough to leave the hospital Tuesday and celebrate Christmas with her family.  -via Fark

(Unrelated image credit: Oregon Department of Transportation)

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