By Paul Wahl
Wallowa County Chieftain
Del Stanley went out for an early evening ride on his horse on East St. June 27. He finished the day being flown to Boise for emergency medical treatment.
Doctors at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center believe the 66-year-old had a brain aneurysm and a blood clot deep in his brain, according to Diane Daggett, sister of Del’s wife, Brinda.
“He fell off his horse, and his foot stuck in the stirrup and he was dragged for a short distance,” Daggett added.
In addition to brain trauma, he had a broken right cheek, lacerations on his face, a fractured skull from a deep cut in his forward and a similar injury on the back of his head.
Daggett said Stanley’s brain shifted to one size, and he has diminished congnitive ability.
Daggett is organizing a fundraiser for the Stanleys.
“We are hoping to have a community event such as only Wallowa County can do,” Daggett said. “There will be food, an auction and music with donation at the door.”
The event is tentatively planned Aug. 10. Daggett is hoping to obtain the Joseph Community Center as the venue.
In addition, she is coordinating the placement of donation jars around the county.
Daggett said the Stanleys already have a number of bills that are not covered by Medicare. Brinda has been at his side since the accident and has not been able to work.
“It’s difficult for us being in a position of needing help,” said Brinda. “We love this community and are among the many who enjoy volunteering ourselves to help out.”
Brinda was born and raised in Wallowa County and Del moved here when he was 12. Del has been a cowboy and a truck driver and has served as a volunteer for a variety of community projects.