Injured Brooke ‘on the mend’ after Hexham fall

Henry Brooke: was placed in an induced coma following Hexham fall

PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos) Brooke 'on the mend'
following Hexham fall
By Racing Post Staff 10:30aM 10 OCT 2016

HENRY BROOKE has reported that he is 'on the mend' as he recovers from a fall at Hexham on Saturday that saw him placed in an induced coma.

Brooke, who regained consciousness on Sunday, tweeted on Monday morning: "Thank you so much for everyone's support and well wishes!! On the mend now and hope not to be out for too long!"

Brooke's mount Old Storm fell at the second fence in the 2m4f novice handicap chase, after which the rider was transferred by air ambulance to Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle suffering from a punctured lung and broken ribs.

Brooke was in the front rank on the Brian Ellison-trained seven-year-old when he fell and was struck by a leg of one of the horses in behind.

Racing at Hexham was delayed for around two hours as Brooke received treatment on course.

Lisa Hancock, chief executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund, said on Sunday: "There is positive news from the hospital today. He's had a much more comfortable day and has regained consciousness which is fantastic news.

"The doctors are pleased with his progress."

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