Hatch looking forward to getting back on his feet
The end of Ryan Hatch's six-week ordeal lying on his back in a hospital bed is in sight after the jockey learned he can start the process of getting back on his feet from next week.
The jump jockey has been confined to a bed since December 9 when a crashing fall at Cheltenham left him with a haematoma on his spinal cord and fractures to his neck, vertebrae and sternum.
He was in hospital in Bristol for a month before being moved to the Spinal Treatment Centre at Salisbury District Hospital where he is awaiting the arrival of a back brace so the next phase of his rehabilitation can begin.
"I am waiting for a brace to be delivered," Hatch said on Saturday. "I've been measured for it and once it has arrived they can start to get me back on my feet. Next week all being well we should be getting there.
"Since December 9 I have been lying on my back in bed, it's been six weeks and a day. It's quite hard work, harder than you think, and when the consultant told me the news, it was a massive boost because six weeks on your back is quite tough. You get quite sick of it but to hear you have nearly done it is huge."
Hatch, part of the Nigel Twiston-Davies team, expects to remain in hospital for a while yet.
"They want me to be in a position to be fairly independent before I leave here so I imagine it will be another few weeks at least," he added. "Obviously I am young and fairly fit so hopefully it will come back to me fairly quickly."