Thursday 18 January 2018

Turf Club to pay for McNamara's care

Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

The racing fraternity are rallying around paralysed amateur jockey JT McNamara to ease worries about the costs of his medical care.

The Irish Turf Club has pledged to look after all medical bills and home care as he comes to terms with the shocking accident at Cheltenham.

A source close to the jockey said: "He will not have to worry about his care. The Turf Club has reassured his family of that."

Mr McNamara, who is fully conscious, is expected home to Ireland in the next few weeks, if consultants at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol give him the go-ahead.

Mr McNamara is said to be "bright" and in "remarkable" spirits despite being told by doctors that he has been left paralysed from the neck down following his fall at the Cheltenham Festival.

His wife Caroline and family are concentrating on getting him the best medical care and taking each day at a time, said a source.

"The whole family is still very raw about it but Caroline has been incredibly strong. People have been remarking about what an amazing woman she is and how she has been coping so well, given the circumstances. I think it will be some time yet before they speak to the media. There's a long road ahead of them yet."

Horse racing magnate JP McManus was said to be in tears after hearing the news of his friend's fall and has visited the jockey at his bedside to offer his support.

"JP and JT have been good friends for over 20 years. JT has ridden four or five winners at Cheltenham over the years. They are very close. JP was very upset by what happened," said the source.

Dr Adrian McGoldrick, the Turf Club's senior medical officer, could not comment on the case but confirmed that the body would be looking after the cost of medical care.

When Mr McNamara returns to Ireland he will undergo intensive treatment at the Mater spinal unit in Dublin before being transferred to the National Rehabilitation Centre.

Irish Independent

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