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John Thomas McNamara

JT McNamara: injured rider transferred to hospital in Dublin

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McNamara transferred to hospital in Dublin

JT McNAMARA, the amateur jockey badly injured in a fall at the Cheltenham Festival, was on Sunday transferred to hospital in Dublin having been treated in Bristol since March.

Family of the 38-year-old had been hoping for some time that he would be moved nearer home and they finally got the news they had longed for.

A statement was issued by Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Irish Turf Club senior medical officer and Lisa Hancock, chief executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund on behalf of the McNamara Family.

It read: "We are pleased to announce that JT McNamara has arrived at the National Spinal Unit, Mater Hospital, Dublin following his transfer from Frenchay Hospital, Bristol.

"We wish to express sincere thanks to all the personnel involved in his safe transfer.  We will forever be indebted to the staff at Frenchay Hospital for the fantastic care he has received there since his injury.

"John Thomas is looking forward to the next phase of his treatment and rehabilitation in Ireland. We thank everyone for their on-going support and prayers and ask people please to continue to respect our privacy."

McNamara, who rode four Cheltenham Festival winners and more than 600 point-to-point winners,  was injured when his mount Galaxy Rock fell at the first fence in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

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