Saturday 24 March 2018

Paralysed jockey returns home

JT McNamara. David Davies/PA Wire
JT McNamara. David Davies/PA Wire
Joyce Fegan

Joyce Fegan

INJURED jockey JT McNamara has returned home to Ireland 15 months after his horror fall at Cheltenham left him paralysed.

His uncle and horse trainer Andrew McNamara said the well-known jockey and father was in "very good form".

"Mentally he's 1,000pc," said Andrew McNamara.

"He's in very high spirits. It's amazing really how he coped with the whole thing."

The Limerick jockey was immediately rushed to hospital after a crushing fall at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival, where he later had to be weaned off a ventilator so he could undergo rehabilitation.

"This is his second day out of hospital in 15 months. He looks well and strong and he's mentally strong too," said his uncle.

Initially, he'll stay in the home of his wife Caroline's mother, as the family home in Limerick is adapted to care for him.

The jockey's family yesterday moved to thank all the medical staff who had helped him as they welcomed him home 15 months after his "life-changing injury".

Irish Independent

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