Amateur jockey Lorna Brooke in an induced coma and ‘pushed to the limit’ with ‘significant’ swelling in her brain a week after she fell off her horse in horror in Taunton
Amateur jockey Lorna Brooke has been placed in an induced coma with ‘significant’ swelling in her brain after a terrible fall in Taunton last week.
Brooke, 37, rode Orchestrated for her mother, Lady Susan Brooke, and fell at the third gate at the Pontispool Equine Sports Center Handicap Chase.
She was initially treated on the job before being taken to hospital by air ambulance – although the latest update has revealed the extent of the damage done is unclear.
A week after her terrible fall, amateur jockey Lorna Brooke is in an induced coma
Fellow rider Kate Mills Jones took to Twitter today to post a message, through Brooke’s mom, urging everyone to keep her in mind and prayers.
The update read, ‘Afternoon everyone. After a few quiet days, it is important to keep everyone informed. Unfortunately, Lorna is really pushed to the limit.
Lorna has had significant swelling in her brain due to very high blood pressure that the medical team is struggling with.
Rider Kate Mills Jones has taken to Twitter to post an update on Brooke’s health through her mother
The update says Brooke has ‘significant’ swelling in her brain due to high blood pressure
She’s been in an induced coma for four days. She is now stable here and has had a better night, but there are no plans yet to reduce the sedation.
‘Farther on, it is still completely uncertain at the moment, including what damage this has caused.
As before, the family wants to remain private, but the good wishes I have received are passed on as they are truly appreciated.
The post also said Brooke is ‘being pushed to the limit’ but added that she is ‘now stable’
“Please keep sending Lorna and her family your thoughts and prayers.”
Brooke was classified as being in ‘serious but stable condition’ after being rushed to Southmeads Hospital in Bristol following its disassembly last week.
She was said to be ‘awake and alert’ when paramedics reached her and underwent observations and tests for a suspected spinal cord injury.
A host of good wishes have gone over to social media to wish Brooke a full recovery.
Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning jockey Paddy Brennan wished Brooke the best after the fall
Paddy Brennan, the former Gold Cup winner, wrote: ‘We are all thinking about Lorna Brooke tonight.’
Brooke has ridden 16 winners during her career, which began in 2001.
Seven of these winners came in the past five seasons – with 183 rides over the five-year period, also taking 10 second places, 21 third places and 19 fourth.