Tuesday 22 August 2017

Backpacker badly hurt on Magnier farm in Australia

Stephen Dunne and Shane Hickey

AN Irishwoman has been seriously injured in an accident on the Australian stud farm of multi-millionaire racing tycoon John Magnier.

Nicole Newsome (23), from Aughrim, in Co Wicklow, had to have three fingers amputated following a crash at the Coolmore farm, which is located close to Sydney.

The young college graduate was three months into a gap year working holiday when the accident happened at the end of last week.

She was driving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) -- similar to a golf buggy -- when the rear swerved without warning, causing it to go out of control and turn over.

The young woman suffered a number of broken bones in her foot and ankle, while three of her fingers on her left hand had to be amputated after getting crushed beneath the roll cage of the ATV.

Ms Newsome, who graduated from an equine studies course before travelling to Australia, had travelled Down Under with a number of her college friends.

There are now concerns that she may lose the index finger on her left hand.

Her father, Thomas Newsome, yesterday thanked Mr Magnier for the support he had shown to the family following the accident.

The Magniers had Nicole airlifted to a hospital in Sydney within five minutes of the accident and made sure that she was seen by a top prosthetic surgeon.

Spirits

"The Magniers have assured us that whatever we need, or Nicole needs, will be provided -- it has taken a weight off our minds," Mr Newsome said.

"John Magnier called me personally and said if we needed anything at all just to call.

"We can't ask for anything more."

Members of the family expect to travel out to Australia to see the injured young woman at the beginning of September.

She is said to be in good spirits despite the injuries inflicted during the accident.

Irish Independent

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