Injured Limerick jockey flown back to Ireland

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

JT McNamara is now being treated at the spinal unit of the Mater Hospital
LIMERICK jockey, JT McNamara, who was seriously injured in a fall at the Cheltenham Festival is continuing to undergo treatment at the spinal unit of Dublin’s Mater Hospital, following his transfer from Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

LIMERICK jockey, JT McNamara, who was seriously injured in a fall at the Cheltenham Festival is continuing to undergo treatment at the spinal unit of Dublin’s Mater Hospital, following his transfer from Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

According to the family of the 38-year-old Croom man, he is looking forward to the next phase of his treatment and rehabilitation in Ireland.

The father-of-three who rode more than 600 point-to-point winners, was injured when his mount Galaxy Rock fell at the first fence in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup during the Cheltenham Festival on March 14.

The jockey was airlifted from the Gloucestershire course to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol after suffering a severe neck injury.

The McNamara family say they will “forever be indebted to the staff at Frenchay Hospital for the fantastic care he has received there since his injury”.

“We wish to express sincere thanks to all the personnel involved in his safe transfer,” read a statement issued by Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Irish Turf Club senior medical officer and Lisa Hancock, chief executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund, on behalf of the McNamara Family.

“John Thomas is looking forward to the next phase of his treatment and rehabilitation in Ireland. We thank everyone for their on-going support and prayers and ask people please to continue to respect our privacy.”

Since he sustained his injury six weeks ago, prayers have been offered up for the popular sportsman in his local church in Croom and around his home county. Many of his extended family and friends – including leading jockeys and trainers made the trip to Bristol to visit him and offer their support.

According to family members, JT remains in a positive frame of mind and continues to be in good spirits as he beings the next phase of his rehabilitation.