LIMERICK jockey JT McNamara is continuing to make progress in the intensive care unit of University Hospital Limerick where he was admitted with a respiratory infection last week.
JT, who was seriously injured in a fall at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, was admitted to hospital on Thursday having taken ill.
Dr Adrian McGoldrick, chief medical officer with the Turf Club, said on Friday evening that John Thomas was in “a stable condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit that afternoon.
It is understood that the Croom man has made steady progress over the past week and has been receiving visits from close family members.
The father-of-three returned to County Limerick from the North West Spinal Injuries Centre in Southport, Merseyside, last month having spent almost 15 months receiving treatment in Dublin and the UK.
He has been staying at his mother-in-law’s house while modifications to his own home, nearby, are carried out.
JT suffered his injuries - fractures of his C3 and C4 vertebrae – in a first-fence fall from the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Galaxy Rock in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase at the Cheltenham festival in March 2013.
JT, a former champion point-to-point rider, rode four winners at the Cheltenham Festival including the National Hunt Chase on Rith Dubh in 2002 and the same race on Teaforthree in 2012.
In 2005 he rode Spot The Difference to victory in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase and two years later he partnered Drombeag to victory in the Foxhunter Chase.
Following news of his health setback, many racing fans conveyed their support for the popular Limerick man on their Twitter accounts.
“Our thoughts are with JT McNamara and his family, wishing him well after he was admitted to hospital,” tweeted Horse Racing Ireland.
A statement issued on behalf of JT and his wife Caroline, when he returned home to Ireland last month read: “We are truly thankful to all the visitors who came to see JT while in hospital, for all the cards, well wishes and the continued support from everybody.
“It has been so overwhelming and again a sincere thank you to all from the both of us.”