Monday 19 February 2018

Jockey left paralysed after fall at Cheltenham

Jockey JT McNamara has been left paralysed following his fall at the Cheltenham Festival, it has been confirmed.

The 37-year-old amateur rider (pictured) has been receiving treatment at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol since falling from his ride, Galaxy Rock, at the first fence during the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup on March 14.

The father of three who lives in Croom, Co Limerick, is reported to be in a "very positive" frame of mind despite suffering paralysis.

A statement issued jointly by Irish Turf Club senior medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick and Lisa Hancock, CEO of the Injured Jockeys Fund, on behalf of the McNamara family read: "JT McNamara remains in the Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. Whilst he suffered a serious neck injury resulting in paralysis, he has made progress in the last week and is in a very positive frame of mind."

It is hoped Mr McNamara will be able to be brought to Dublin to continue his recuperation. Family members have been in Bristol with him.

Irish Independent

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