Mixed news on the injured jockeys front
Clinton Payne Racenet
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Kiwi based Aussie jockey Gavin McKeon continues to make a miraculous recovery from a fall he was involved in last week but the news remains unchanged with Sydney based apprentice Lachlan Fyfe still in a coma.
McKeon came out of his induced come on Sunday after he was involved in a race fall at Otaki on Thursday.
“He’s improved a lot, he’s almost able to sit up, he’s feeding himself now,” McKeon’s brother Todd said.
“There’s nothing that stands out to us that there is any real damage to any of his brain functions.
“He’s got a long long way to go but it looks like we’ve got the old Gav back.”
McKeon was taken out of Intensive Care yesterday with a broken nose, finger and bruising to his shoulder and elbow.
“Amazingly his body is hardly marked, he’s taken the full brunt of the fall on his helmet,” McKeon said.
Meanwhile, Lachlan Fyfe remains in a coma in a Sydney hospital, eight days after he was taken off medication to allow him to regain consciousness.
Fyfe was placed in a coma after a fall at the Hawkesbury barrier trials on Monday last week.
“There’s was no change late yesterday when I spoke to the hospital,” Racing NSW Chief Steward Ray Murrihy said.
“They we’re going to put him out in a ward but he had a touch of a fever so it didn’t happen.
“He’s still in Intensive Care and hasn’t regained consciousness.”