CORDOVA, Ill. (AP) -- State Rep. Rich Morthland is recovering from surgery after an encounter with a cow left him with a knee injury.
The Cordova Republican says the injury happened Thursday when a cow trying to bolt through a gate smashed its head into his knee.
Morthland tells The (Moline) Dispatch that he “screamed so hard it scared the other cows off.” He says he was able to get the gate closed but had to drag himself 100 yards to his car.
Morthland says doctors told him a tendon in his knee was severely damaged. He’ll need to immobilize his leg for six weeks and follow that with physical therapy, but he’s expected to make a full recovery.
Morthland and his wife run a 400-acre farm with a herd of 100 cows.
Information from: The Dispatch