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15 months on from his fall, paralysed jockey JT McNamara returns home

The 37-year-old has released a statement to thank those who supported him and his family over the past year.

McNamara during the 2013 Cheltenham Festival.
McNamara during the 2013 Cheltenham Festival.
Image: David Davies

IRISH JOCKEY JT McNamara has been brought home to Limerick 15 months on from a serious fall which left him paralysed.

The 37-year-old was thrown from Galaxy Rock at the first fence in last year’s Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup at the Cheltenham Festival and suffered life-threatening spinal injuries.

After undergoing surgery, he has been in rehabilitation in Southport’s North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre but is now back in Ireland.

“We are delighted to announce the return home of JT McNamara some 15 months after his life changing injury in a fall at Cheltenham in March 2013,” a statement released today reads.

“JT and Caroline wish to thank the doctors, nurses and all the staff at North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre in Southport, Merseyside in the UK for their excellent care, support and treatment during JT’s time in the hospital. We would also like to thank most sincerely the Turf Club, especially Denis Egan and Dr Adrian McGoldrick.

“Without the help of the Turf Club, Miriam Wiltshire and the staff of the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, it would not have been possible for JT to return home.

We are truly thankful to all the visitors who came to see JT while in hospital, for all the cards, well wishes and the continued support from everybody.

“It has been so overwhelming and again a sincere thank you to all from the both of us.”

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