Albany jockey Natasha Faithfull has made positive signs of progress following a horrific accident while riding a horse on Middleton Beach, near Griffiths Street on Saturday morning.
Faithfull had to be stabilised in Albany and then rushed to Perth after suffering multiple fractures, collapsed lungs and a lacerated liver in the nasty fall at the beach.
She is currently in Royal Perth Hospital and was awake, breathing on her own and talking yesterday as she begins to recover following the life-threatening incident.
Riding a horse on the beach for local trainer Steve Wolfe, Faithfull was on the horse which was spooked by a bike lying unattended on the side of a sand path from Griffiths Street towards the water.
Faithfull and the horse fell down a small embankment, the horse rolling on top of her and then stomping on her as it tried to get back to its feet.
Fellow track rider Tamara Playle rushed to Faithfull’s side immediately, helping her until emergency services arrived.
This came just hours after the talented hoop rode a winning double for her long-time trainer and supporter Wolfe at Percy Spencer Racecourse.
Natasha posted on her social media this afternoon, thanking everyone for their support.
“I’m slowly recovering in Royal Perth Hospital after my accident,” she posted to Facebook.
“I ended up with both my lungs collapsed, a few broken ribs each side, three fractured vertebrae in my lower back, a broken collarbone and shoulder and a small tear in my liver.
“I’m on lots of good painkillers and I’m slowly on the mend, and already looking forward to getting back to the horses.
“I’ll be in hospital for at least a few more days while my lungs are healing.”
Mother Sam Faithfull said today that the 25-year-old had made slow but positive progress since being at RPH.
“She’s OK, the broken bones and all that will heal,” she said.
“We are just having a few hurdles with her lungs, and trying to get the fluid off her lungs which are still deflated.
“She is in very good hands and is on the road to recovery, she was awake this morning and talking.
“She will be in hospital for a while but the main thing is managing these lungs at the moment.”
This is the second serious incident Faithfull has been involved in after a nasty race fall in Kalgoorlie in 2017.
Faithfull was an apprentice to Wolfe in Albany and has progressed to a senior jockey, riding 13 winners this season already, including Molly Twohundred for her mother back in December.