“She is in early stages of liver failure,” said Angela Goolsby, Mrs. Ricketts’ daughter and Ramsey’s mother. “They gave her less than six months about eight week ago, but you know how that goes. This is her final trip.”
Mrs. Ricketts flew to Gallop on Friday. Rodeo competition began Sunday afternoon. But an accident Monday sent Mrs. Ricketts to the hospital.
“My mom got hurt yesterday,” Angela said on Tuesday morning. “We were going to go up in a hot air balloon, and the wind shifted and the basket ran over her and drug her. She spent most of the day at the hospital yesterday.
“The doctors told us if she went up in hot air balloon, she would have had a heart attack or lost consciousness. It was a blessing because if she had went up, there could have been no way we could have got down in time to get her to a doctor. We’re trying to focus on the good things here.”
Meanwhile, Mrs. Ricketts’ grandson has more events to go and is currently among the top 20 in tie-down roping.
“This means a whole lot to me,” Ramsey said about his grandmother’s desire to be there. “It’s probably the last thing she will get to see me do. She said she was coming to Gallop, N.M., and there wasn’t no stopping her. That’s the last thing she wanted to do.”
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