Following his heavy fall at The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe two weekends ago, internationally acclaimed rider Andrew Nicholson is making a recovery at home from neck surgery.
Speaking to EWW Andrew said:
‘I am very pleased to be back at home and wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone myself for their kind messages and support which have meant a lot to me and my family.
In terms of my injury I realise I have been incredibly lucky.
My surgeon, Mr Jeremy Reynolds, told me that the injury I sustained to my neck would have caused paralysis at the time of injury, in 98% of cases. I was extremely fortunate this did not happen.
I underwent an eight hour operation where they repaired the fractures and stabilised my cervical spine. This procedure in itself was not without risk, and I cannot thank enough, the team of spinal surgeons at the John Radcliffe hospital, for what they have done.
Obviously I won’t be riding again this season as it will take some time to fully recover.
Whilst I have to take things easy, I am up and about and fully mobile, and look forward to getting back to full fitness in due course.”
Thank you in advance for allowing my family and I some privacy and time to rest and recover.’
The Team at EWW wish Andrew a very swift recovery and thank the emergency crews and hospital for all their support.
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