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McNamara 'stable' after surgery on fractured vertebrae

ESPN staff
March 16, 2013
JT McNamara's condition has been described as stable © PA Photos

Jockey JT McNamara remains in an induced coma but his condition has been described as 'stable', after undergoing surgery on his broken neck.

McNamara, 37, was rushed to hospital after falling from Galaxy Rock at the first hurdle of the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup at Cheltenham on Thursday.

After being put in an induced coma and flown to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, he underwent surgery on his fractured C3 and C4 vertebrae on Friday.

Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Irish Turf Club senior medical officer, and Lisa Hancock, chief executive of the Injury Jockeys Fund, revealed McNamara is in a "stable condition" after "lengthy surgery", in a joint statement on behalf of the rider's family.

"We can report that following lengthy surgery yesterday JT McNamara is in a stable condition," the statement read. "He remains in an induced coma at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol.

"No further updates will be released until Tuesday, March 19 and the family politely request that the media do not contact Frenchay hospital direct.

"They would also like to thank everyone for their kind support and best wishes for JT."

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