Top jockey who was crushed when her horse rolled down an embankment shows signs of recovery after fall left her in a coma
- Top jockey, 25, critically injured in freak accident airlifted to hospital in a coma
- Natasha Faithfull was trampled by horse during trackwork at an Albany beach
- She fell from her horse when it got spooked before it stood on her and ‘jumped’
- She has been moved from intensive care, is now talking and breathing unaided
- Natasha’s family has publicly thanked everyone for their overwhelming support
One of Australia’s promising young jockeys critically injured in a freak accident has started the long road to recovery.
Natasha Faithfull, 25, was airlifted to Perth in an induced coma after she was bucked and crushed by her horse at a beach in Albany on Western Australia’s far south coast on Saturday morning.
After the young rider spent the night fighting for life in intensive care, her mother Samantha took to social media on Sunday with better news.
Natasha Faithfull suffered multiple injuries when she was trampled by her horse at a beach
‘Natasha has had the breathing tube removed and is breathing well on her own.. she still has a drain in her lung but will heal with time and rest,’ she posted on Facebook.
‘Tash has got a couple broken ribs, broken shoulder and collarbone.. and a couple of broken bones on the tips of her spine.’
Mrs Faithfull also paid tribute to Natasha’s friends, who were with her daughter at the time of the accident.
‘Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your quick thinking,’ she posted.
Natasha has since been moved from intensive care to the trauma unit at Royal Perth Hospital, where her family remain by her bedside.
Natasha’s father told Nine News his daughter is now talking but is still ‘very sore’.
The Faithfulls publicly thanked everyone for their overwhelming support.
‘Our thanks go out to everyone for their kind messages, love and support in the last 24 hours,’ the family said in a statement to Seven News.
Natasha (pictured) was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital in an induced coma on Saturday
The Australian Jockeys’ Association national occupational health and safety officer Kevin Ring told racing.com Natasha is extremely lucky to be awake and breathing unassisted so soon after the nasty fall.
‘There has been speculation that she was in a coma and fighting for her life but I can confirm she is okay and the doctors are happy with her condition this morning,’ Mr Ring said
‘At this stage she doesn’t require an operation, which is fantastic news, she’s really dodged a bullet and will hopefully continue to recover well.’
Natasha Faithfull’s mother took to social media on Sunday to say her daughter (pictured) is now breathing on her own and ‘will heal with time and rest’
The racing community in Western Australia continues to send well wishes to Natasha.
‘Hope you mend quickly and I’m sure all horse people wish you all the best,’ a stable owner posted on Facebook.
Another well wisher wrote: ‘You have much to live for Natasha, keep up the good fight.’
Less than 24 hours before the near tragedy, Ms Faithfull rode two winners at a racing meet in Albany.
Jockey Natasha Faithfull (pictured) was critically injured after she was trampled by her horse
It’s understood she was leaving the beach on Saturday morning when something ‘spooked’ her mare.
‘Apparently she was just coming back from the beach and she fell with the horse over a sandbank,’ Racing and Wagering WA’s Ron Fleming told The West Australian.
‘The horse rolled on her and then jumped on her trying to get back up which is never good. It’s very unfortunate.’
Natasha Faithfull’s family has publicly thanked everyone for their support in the last 24 hours