Home / World News / Jockey Natasha Faithfull faces long road to recovery after Albany riding accident

Jockey Natasha Faithfull faces long road to recovery after Albany riding accident

A jockey stomped on by a frightened horse may spend several months out of the saddle to heal but her injuries have not dampened her love of riding, her mother says.

Natasha Faithfull was flown to Royal Perth Hospital on Saturday after suffering broken bones and punctured lungs when a horse she was riding at an Albany beach was spooked, fell down an embankment and rolled onto her.

As the horse scrambled to stand up it “stomped all over the top of her”, her mother Samantha Faithfull said.

A relieved Ms Faithfull spoke outside the 25-year-old’s hospital room to let everyone know that while Natasha had been in a “very bad way”, she was taking “baby steps” to recovery and was grateful for the support she had been offered.

Natasha Faithfull arrives at Royal Perth Hospital.Natasha Faithfull arrives at Royal Perth Hospital.
Camera IconNatasha Faithfull arrives at Royal Perth Hospital.Picture: Seven News.

“We are just having a few hurdles with her lungs, and trying to get the fluid off her lungs which are still deflated,” she said.

“She’s going to have a bit of a battle ahead of her but she is stable, she’s awake and a little bit angry at times – so that’s a really good sign that she’s got her little bit of an attitude with her.”

Her mother said doctors had warned them it could take three to five months for Natasha’s injuries to heal after she sustained punctured lungs, a broken collarbone, broken shoulder, broken ribs, broken bones in her back and a lacerated liver in the horrific accident.

Natasha’s mum Samantha Faithfull says her daughter faces a long road to recovery.Natasha’s mum Samantha Faithfull says her daughter faces a long road to recovery.
Camera IconNatasha’s mum Samantha Faithfull says her daughter faces a long road to recovery.Picture: Seven News.

“It’s going to be a long road… but she will be back on that horse pumping some more winners home very soon,” Ms Faithfull said.

“There’s no stopping her, she does it because she loves it and she wouldn’t do anything else.”

The nasty fall came the day after the talented hoop rode a winning double for her long-time trainer in Albany.

Ms Faithfull said thankfully fellow track rider, Tamara Playle, had been with Natasha and rushed to help her after she and the horse fell about 4m.

Natasha Faithfull is expected to be out of the saddle for several months.Natasha Faithfull is expected to be out of the saddle for several months.
Camera IconNatasha Faithfull is expected to be out of the saddle for several months.Picture: Seven News.

She said Natasha had been choking and struggling to breathe and paramedics had needed to call firefighters for help to get her out of the deep ditch.

Ms Faithfull said she owed Ms Playle a debt of gratitude, believing the outcome could have been a lot different if she had not been there to help.

She also thanked everybody for their support and loving, caring messages since the incident, saying they had really helped Natasha.

About brandsauthority

Check Also

Attorney-General Christian Porter to remain Leader of House and to make good on tattoo promise

Attorney-General Christian Porter has confirmed he will stay on as Leader of the House — …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: