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Jockey JT McNamara Paralyzed in Cheltenham Fall, Family Says

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March 30 (Bloomberg) -- Jockey JT McNamara suffered paralysis in a fall earlier this month at English horse racing’s Cheltenham Festival, his family said in a statement.

The 37-year-old amateur from Ireland fractured two vertebrae in his neck after falling from Galaxy Rock in the Challenge Cup race on March 14. He was remains at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol after undergoing surgery, though plans are being made to transfer him to Matar Hospital in Dublin.

“While he suffered a serious neck injury resulting in paralysis, he has made progress in the last week and is in a very positive frame of mind,” according to a statement on behalf of McNamara’s family posted today on the website of the Injured Jockeys Fund.

McNamara was placed in a medically induced coma, after which his family said he was “fully alert” but required full-time ventilation.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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