Resilient Robbie McNamara determined to train even if spinal injuries don't heal
Injured jockey Robbie McNamara has said that he is not giving up on a career as a trainer even if he doesn't regain the use of his legs.
The 26-year-old suffered eight broken ribs, a punctured lung, multiple fractured vertebrae, internal bleeding in his chest and stomach after a fall in Wexford on April 10 and has no feeling below his waist.
Speaking today on At The Races from his hospital bed in the Mater Hospital, McNamara said: "The ribs are healing but I've no movement from the waist down.
"I'm able to lift myself up, turn myself over in the bed, get into the wheelchair and that's with broken ribs.
"I've got two titanium rods either side of my spine and they moved the muscles away from the spine to put them in so that's probably the sorest part."
McNamara stunned his therapist during his first tilt-table test as he was the first patient she had treated in four years who hadn't fainted when the table he was strapped to went past 50 degrees.
He has been waking at 5.30am each morning to prepare for physiotherapy to give him every possible chance of regaining the use of his legs.
McNamara said that he was prepared for the eventuality that he may not recover fully.
"I can do 80 per cent of the things I used to do and if it stays the way it is then it's not the end of the world," he said.
"I'll be able to drive a car when I get out of here and I'll find some way of playing golf and doing other things."