No feeling in his legs, but Robbie McNamara is ‘very optimistic’

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"Delighted to get out of the bed for the first time today. What a beautiful day for it to land on #littlevictories" - Robbie McNamara's tweet this week
LIMERICK jockey Robbie McNamara remains “very optimistic” despite revealing this week that he still has no feeling in his legs following his fall in a race at Wexford recently.

LIMERICK jockey Robbie McNamara remains “very optimistic” despite revealing this week that he still has no feeling in his legs following his fall in a race at Wexford recently.

Speaking on popular racing podcast The Final Furlong he said: “I’ve no feeling in my legs at the minute, but it’s early days.

“My back is badly battered and there is a lot of swelling. I’d be hoping when that goes down some nerve damage might repair and some feeling will come back.”

The Croom rider was in jovial mood as he updated his condition on the podcast that went live this Wednesday saying he felt great and was “full of optimism”.

The positive bulletin followed a picture that the jockey tweeted of himself on Tuesday evening enjoying the sunshine outside the Mater hospital in Dublin where he continues to receive treatment.

“It was my first time out of the bed. It was a surprise I was allowed to go outside, it went grand and it was a beautiful day for it.

“I’m very active every day. I’m doing physio already and working on balance and reflexes.

“I can’t do a whole pile as I broke eight ribs and cracked six vertebrae as well, so I can’t do anything very strenuous.

“There’s plenty to keep you occupied, I’m enjoying my days and I’m in great spirits. I’ve no negative thoughts whatsoever.

“My mother and father were there and it put a smile on their faces, which is lovely to see as it hasn’t been easy for them either.”

McNamara was in flying form as he jested with regular podcast sparring partners Emmett Kennedy, Kevin Blake and Noel Hayes.

The latter pair visited him in the Mater on Tuesday and the jockey joked: “Just when you think things can’t get worse, you get woken up in hospital by Noel Hayes. He was down at the end of my bed eating all my grapes.”

McNamara had been due to partner Lord Windermere in the Aintree Grand National on April 11 before his crashing fall from Bursledon fell in a handicap hurdle. The 26-year-old suffered serious injuries - broken ribs, a collapsed lung, internal bleeding, fractured vertebrae and spinal trauma.

His father, well-known trainer Andrew rushed straight to Wexford when he saw the fall on television.

“I was watching the race on TV and I knew straight away it was a bad fall,” he told the Limerick Leader last week.

“As soon as I saw it I knew it was serious.”

Andrew said that the medical team are “guardedly optimistic” about the outcome but acknowledged that Robbie had a long road of recovery ahead.

“It’s not a patch on JT’s case, but that’s not a great consolation at the same time,” he said.

Robbie’s cousin JT McNamara suffered serious spinal injuries in a fall at the Cheltenham festival in 2013.

Andrew added, however, that Robbie remained in “good spirits”.

“He’s is spending his time tweeting and texting his friends.”