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Phillip Makin's injuries worse than first feared after horror fall at Redcar

Phillip Makin: also suffered fractures to his back, ribs and ankle
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Phillip Makin has revealed the horrific fall that sidelined him in August caused more injures than were spotted at the time.

The 34-year-old was initially diagnosed with a broken bone in his neck after spending nine hours in A&E when his mount, Eyecatcher, suffered a fatal injury and fell in the closing stages of a race at Redcar.

But after being discharged, the jockey found he had also sustained fractures to his back, ribs and ankle in the incident.

"I thought, 'Christ, I'm not right', so I went to my GP because I didn't know whether they'd done scans on the rest of my back or anywhere else and he said, 'No, just your neck'," Makin recounted on Monday.


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"But I said something wasn't right so he sent me for X-rays and I'd fractured a vertebra in my back as well, and a rib, so I was sore for quite a while.


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"I'd also broken my ankle in three places. When the results were back from the scans he said I could wear a boot, but they're just cracks really so I've been hobbling about. All the breaks were stable and they didn't need anything doing to them, so it was just time really."

How long his recovery will take remains to be seen.

"I'm a bit sore still and I'm still in a neck brace, but I feel a little better," said Makin. "I go back to the hospital in about two weeks for more scans so they'll perhaps make a plan then.

"The doctor said he wanted the neck brace on for three months so that's a bit boring. But it's not the middle of summer so it could have been worse timing."


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I'd fractured a vertebra in my back as well, and a rib, so I was sore for quite a while
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