JOCKEY JT McNamara, who suffered severe injuries to his neck during a fall at the Cheltenham festival, has regained consciousness.
The popular Limerickman remains at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol where he was airlifted to after falling from his ride, Galaxy Rock, at the first fence at Prestbury Park last Thursday.
McNamara (37) is continuing to battle bravely against neck injuries and has emerged from an induced coma following surgery.
His wife, Caroline, and brother, Aonghus, are at his bedside.
Uncle Andrew McNamara said his nephew "is conscious and he is more or less breathing independently".
The McNamara family, who live in Croom, Co Limerick, said they were deeply appreciative of the support and prayers offered.