WA jockey Natasha Faithfull has taken the first step in what is likely to be a long recovery, now awake and breathing on her own in Royal Perth Hospital’s intensive care unit.
The 25-year-old suffered multiple fractures, collapsed lungs and a lacerated liver in a horror trackwork fall in Albany on Saturday.
She was flown to RPH that afternoon and spent a ‘restful’ night, according to Racing and Wagering WA’s Ron Fleming.
“She has lacerated her liver so she won’t be allowed to move around much for a little while but they do heal, and broken bones and as her mum said all those things mend,” he said on TAB radio this morning.
“So, it is very good news this morning after all of us getting quite a scare yesterday.”
Mr Fleming said rumours that Faithfull had been in a coma were false.
“She had been working a horse on the beach and she was heading back to the stables over a bit of a sand dune and the horse took some sort of a fright and fell on her and then, as they sometimes do, it sort of scrambled to get back up and unfortunately it stomped on her as it was getting up,” Mr Fleming said.