Jockey JT McNamara to be transferred to Dublin hospital

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Happier times: John Thomas McNamara celebrating victory aboard Teaforthree at last year's Cheltenham Festival. Picture: Sportsfile
COUNTY Limerick jockey John Thomas McNamara who was seriously injured in a fall at the Cheltenham Festival is now in a “fully alert” state and is to be transferred to Dublin’s Mater Hospital for further treatment.

COUNTY Limerick jockey John Thomas McNamara who was seriously injured in a fall at the Cheltenham Festival is now in a “fully alert” state and is to be transferred to Dublin’s Mater Hospital for further treatment.

“He is now fully alert but requires full time ventilation at present. In due course, JT will be transferred to the National Spinal Unit at The Mater Hospital, Dublin where he will be closer to his family,” the statement reads.

“His wife Caroline and family very much appreciate everyone’s continued good wishes and prayers on JT’s behalf,” continued the statement, which was issued jointly by Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Irish Turf Club senior medical officer and Lisa Hancock, CEO, Injured Jockeys Fund.

The 37-year-old was placed in an induced coma after his mount, Galaxy Rock, fell at the first fence in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup in Cheltenham on 14 March last.