Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Plans to transfer jockey McNamara

Jockey JT McNamara on Galaxy Rock before the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase during St Patrick's Thursday at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 14, 2013. Leading amateur jockey JT McNamara is in a coma in hospital after being injured when his horse fell at the Cheltenham festival, his uncle said tonight. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
Jockey JT McNamara on Galaxy Rock before the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase

Plans will be made to transfer jockey JT McNamara to a hospital nearer his family in Ireland.

The 37-year-old amateur suffered a serious neck injury after a fall in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup at the Cheltenham Festival and had to be airlifted to Bristol.

A statement issued on behalf of his family by Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Irish Turf Club senior medical Officer, and Injured Jockeys Fund chief executive Lisa Hancock said: "JT McNamara remains in a stable condition at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol.

"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.

"His wife Caroline and family very much appreciate everyone's continued good wishes and prayers on JT's behalf."

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