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‘Miracle woman’s’ fund raiser Oct. 9th

A fund raiser to assist a Milam County woman whose recovery from a horrific horseback accident last month is set for Oct. 9 in the Buckholts High School cafeteria.

Della Keen Mekush “died” twice on the operating table, lost 90 percent of her blood and one eye after the Aug. 19 accident in a remote area south of Cameron.

“ Family and friends have organized this event to help the Mekushes with the financial burden they are now facing,” family friend Carolyn Hux said.

A benefit lunch and silent auction are set for the BHS cafeteria with plates sold from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Plate will be $8 each and will include barbecue chicken, beans, sauce, potato salad, dessert and tea. Meal is dine-in or take out.

Additionally, donations may be made to the Della Mekush Fund at Buckholts State Bank.

ACCIDENT—Exact details of the accident are unclear but Hux said Mekush’s rescue can only be described by the word “miracle.”

Mekush taught horseback riding to “anyone and everyone” for 14 years and on Aug. 14 she headed out with two great nephews, Heath Hollas, 9, and 6-yearold J. W. Hollas.

“Something spooked her horse, causing her to fall,” Hux said. “She was unconscious and bleeding badly from extensive head and facial trauma. And looking on were two little boys.”

Their first decision showed the wisdom Mekush would need to survive.

“Heath knew Della carried a cell phone but he also knew if he ever got off his horse to get it, he’d never be able to get back on and he would be needed to guide the rescuers back to her,” Hux said.

So the boys rode back to the house and Heath called his mother, Theresa Hollas, who called 911.

RESCUE—Theresa and Johnny Mekush—Della’s husband—met emergency personnel,

Hux said with little uncertainty 9-year-old Heath, on horseback, led his mother to Della, who had now been bleeding for 45 minutes.

About this time, Della’s husband, Johnny, who had been approaching from a different direction, found her too.

But EMS personnel would have to hike in to the remote location with their equipment and Della didn’t have much time left.

“ Unexpectedly, a neighbor, Carolyn Salicos, and her daughter, arrived with an ATV and with perfect timing emergency workers used it to move their equipment into the area and help Della,” Hux said.

Salicos guided a medial helicopter to a landing area.

“Had one detail occurred in a different sequence, my mom wouldn’t be here today,” Jennifer Mekush Henry said.

HEROS—“Della has overcome many obstacles and has many more to conquer,” Hux said.

“Della communicates by writing on a board,” Hux added. “When she was told of the story of the accident, and the actions taken by Heath and J. W. she wrote ‘heros’.”


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