Funeral for 7-year-old Kansas boy killed in riding accident is Thursday

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Max Henderson (Facebook) Max Henderson (Facebook)
Max Henderson (Facebook/Country View Elementary) Max Henderson (Facebook/Country View Elementary)

A 7-year-old Kansas boy who died after the pony he was riding flipped over on top of him will be laid to rest on Thursday. 

Max Henderson's obituary says a funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. at the Burden Rodeo Arena in Burden. Interment will follow at Rose Valley Cemetery.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at at Tisdale United Methodist Church.

Max died at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita after Sunday afternoon's accident at his home in rural Winfield. The boy was stabilized at a local hospital and then transferred to Wichita. Max's family says he died shortly after having surgery. 

Max was a second-grader at Country View Elementary northeast of Winfield. He and his family were involved in rodeo activities.

Country View said on Facebook that it will have professionals trained to help with the needs of students, parents and school staff to help deal with the sudden loss.

"We are saddened by the loss to our school family and will make every effort to help you and your children as you need," the school's Facebook post says. 

Meals for the Henderson family are being organized online. If you would like to help, click here.

Max's family released the following statement:

We know a lot of people loved our boy, so we want to let you know how God chose to bring him home. We were at home roping the calf sled. His pony flipped over on him. He got up a ran away about 20 feet and went down. We got to him and he said he couldn’t breathe. We rushed him WNMH where they stabilized him and the transported him to Wesley. They saw a slight bleed and some minor internal injuries. They soon realized his Vena Cava was severed. A team of doctors worked their tails off, but it wasn’t meant to be. He came out of surgery, but left this earth soon after.

We tell this story because we know so many of you are grieving, and on your knees praying along side of us.
We tell it because this is the easiest and fastest way to get it out there.
We tell it because we don’t want his memory to be everyone trying to know what happened.

The way God chose to call him home is not his legacy. Please remember him for the way he lived, not died.

He hated when people were sad, especially me. He could spot something bothering me within seconds. He didn’t like unrest. He loved happy times. He loved fun. He loved his friends and a million other things. If we let this break us, he will never let us live it down. Murphy was born into the same fun loving, happy family as Max. We will not take that from him. This was from Shane and missie

Max had the most amazing 7 years possible. He said many times that he wanted to be 7 forever. I think deep down he knew he wasn’t here for a long time. We are honored to have been his parents and grateful for every second.

We will honor his life by living out the rest of our earthly days with happiness and fun. We will miss him. Oh my, we will miss him. We will have sad days, but we will not live sad lives. Please raise us up in prayer to help us to live as Max would wish. Without fear & full of happy times and fun. I would say fly high, but he’s already there.
~From Shane and Missi Henderson

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