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Injured Burton could feature in BBC documentary

WAYNE BURTON, who suffered a serious spinal injury ina fall at Exeter in early March, could be included in a TV documentary series the BBC is making about bravery and people overcoming difficult circumstances in their lives.

The producers are still at the early planning stage, but they have already contacted the conditional jockey and intend meeting him again later this week to learn more about his condition before deciding which inspirational stories to feature from the wealth of material at their disposal.

They will find Burton in good form having recently left the International Spinal Injuries and Rehabilitation Centre at the Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital and now settling with his girlfriend, Laura Bicknell, a groom with Richard Hannon, into the ground floor flat he has bought in Hungerford, Berkshire, after being helped by the Injured Jockeys' Fund.

"I am still in a wheelchair, but I do everything for myself now independently," said the 25-year-old who is next due to see his consultant in three months.

"I'm a lot better than I was. I'm more awareof everything now and at the end of the day I've got to get on with it. I am getting a lot of sensations inside my body, which surprises the doctors, but that is a good thing, and you have got to keep going. Sometimes I can movemy feet and leg, but I don't know whether it is really late messages.

Burton, who has been to Newton Abbot to see his younger brother, Danny, ride, was keen to express thanks for the assistance he continues to receive, and the fund-raising events organised on his behalf.

He added: "I am very grateful for everything people have done to help me and it really is appreciated."

"In six months, I think the progress I have made has been a great achievement, and hopefully it will continue."


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