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Brian Toomey is hospitalised with a life-threatening head injury, after a heavy fall from his horse whilst riding in the Perth Festival Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.
The 24 years old Toomey who rides for the trainer Kevin Ryan, has ridden 49 winners since 2008 including 3 wins in the current National Hunt season. Jump racing is a risky sport, with jockeys falling an estimated 1 in 16 rides and Champion jockey McCoy sent his, ‘Thoughts and prayers are with Brian Toomey.’
The Irish jockey was taken by ambulance to hospital, where a spokesman confirmed he was "suffering from a life-threatening head injury". Recent press reports are that he remains in a "stable condition" following surgery to reduce swelling and pressure on his brain, though he is still in an induced coma. The Injured Jockeys' Fund which is supporting Brian Toomey’s family and friends made an official statement for them saying, ‘It is anticipated he will be kept sedated for the next few days as his progress continues to be monitored.’
The Head Injury UK team wish Brian a speedy and full recovery. Our head injury lawyers understand the potentially devastating impact a severe head injury or traumatic brain injury can have on the life of the victim and those around them. If you or a loved one have suffered a head injury or brain injury and need our help, contact Ian Shovlin to let us help you.
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