Robbie's life is saved by superb care received in Wexford

By Esther Hayden

Published 14/04/2015 | 00:00

Jockey Robbie McNamara tweeted this picture of himself giving the thumbs up after his operation at the weekend.
Jockey Robbie McNamara tweeted this picture of himself giving the thumbs up after his operation at the weekend.

Jockey Robbie McNamara is alive following a horrific fall from a horse because of the 'superb' care he received at Wexford Racecourse and Wexford Hospital in the immediate aftermath.

Robbie suffered multiple serious injuries on Friday evening at Wexford Racecourse when he fell from Bursledon four flights out from the finish in the first division of the Cahore Point Handicap Hurdle.

Dr Adrian McGoldrick, chief medical officer for the Irish Turf Club, said the staff of Wexford General had 'saved his life'.

Speaking to the Wexford People Dr McGoldrick said 'the care Robbie received both at the race course from the local branch of the Order of Malta and from the staff at Wexford General was superb. The combination of care he received there and in the Casualty Department was fantastic. They couldn't have done more for him. Unfortunately you often only hear the negative stories about casualty departments but they were fantastic in Wexford.

'In fact one nurse called Lisa was due to come off duty at 9pm on Friday night and at 10pm she was still there when the ambulance was going to Dublin and she volunteered to travel up with Robbie in the ambulance meaning it would be about 3 am or 4am when she got back to Wexford. Despite being meant to finish at 9pm.

'It really shows the dedication of the staff there, the doctors and nurses were absolutely great. They bent over backwards on the night and they were so good to all Robbie's family members who were there and understandably very worried. They brought them too and answered their questions.

'The medical care there was fantastic and the surgeon Ken Mealy was outstanding. I'd never met the man before but he was fantastic. I was so impressed with the medical care Robbie received.'

Robbie was transferred from Wexford General to the Mater Hospital in Dublin where he was successfully operated on.

Dr. McGoldrick said Robbie is in very good spirits in hospital. 'We are in the initial stages of his post-operative recovery, so it's much too early to be giving a prognosis as to the future, but he's come through surgery well and we're very happy with how he's doing.

'He was very stable overnight and in very good spirits. He doesn't want to say any more at this stage and you can understand that. It was serious chest, abdominal and spinal injuries. The spinal injuries have been operated on and that's stabilised. The next phase is recuperation and we'll take it from there.'

The 26-year-old suffered broken ribs, a collapsed lung, internal bleeding and fractured vertebrae during the fall.

On Sunday night McNamara posted a picture on Twitter of himself in his hospital bed, offering a thumbs up, and tweeted:

'Like to thank everyone for the kind words. Ribs and spine very stiff and sore but op went well. Plenty of work ahead.'

McNamara who is 6 ft 3 inches rode a double at last year's Cheltenham Festival as an amateur before turning professional this season. He had been due to ride last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere in the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.

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