Friday 22 November 2019

'Good sign' as race-fall jockey is brought out from coma

Louise Hogan

A BROTHER of injured jockey Peter Toole has thanked people for their support amid "good signs" as he was woken from a medically-induced coma.

Specialists at one of the UK's top facilities brought the 22-year-old from Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, slowly around to consciousness after a crashing fall at Aintree left him with bleeding from the brain.

His brother, Paddy Toole, said Peter had "made really good signs" when he was out of the coma for a short time.

"I would like to thank all the people at home and in England for all the support," he wrote on his Facebook page yesterday.

His parents, James and Fidelma, have been keeping a vigil by his bedside since the jockey was rushed to the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery after the 100-1 shot Classic Vision went down at the first fence during the Maghull Novices' Chase at Aintree on Saturday.

"I know mam and dad will be shattered now but the support they've got will have kept them going," his brother said.

Trainer Charlie Mann, whose yard Toole is attached to in Lambourn in the UK, said the CT scan for brain injuries had shown no damage.

"His body is OK and he woke up last night from the induced coma and he was moving his legs," Mann said yesterday.

"I've spoken to his father this morning and it is a case of so far, so good," he said.

"Everything is as good as it can be at this stage. They'll do some tests on him when he has woken up."


Adrian McGoldrick, the Irish Turf Club's chief medical officer, said: "To be woken that early is an extremely good sign."

The UK Injured Jockeys Fund, which has been providing support to the family, described Peter as in a critical but stable condition at the centre.

"They have been overwhelmed by the number of messages and cards they have received and would like to say thank you," said the fund, whose almoner Karen Sharpe has been helping the family.

His weigh-room colleague and friend David Crosse tweeted yesterday it was "seriously good news" and it was "all going the right way".

Other jockeys, including Ruby Walsh and Tony McCoy, have also been receiving updates by phone.

So far this season Peter had ridden 30 winners, with his biggest win coming just last month in the Greatwood Gold Cup at UK track Newbury for the Mann-trained Fine Parchment.

Irish Independent

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