Ireland: Jockey Ana O’Brien Suffers Multiple Injuries In Spill At Killarney

Ana O'Brien, Ireland's leading apprentice jockey and youngest daughter of trainer Aidan O'Brien, will be sidelined at least until November after suffering multiple injuries in a spill at Killarney July 18.

According to reports in both the Racing Post and Irish Mirror, O'Brien, 21, fractured the C1 vertabra in her neck, the T6 in her back, fractures to her bilateral cheekbones and right facial bone into her eye socket. O'Brien underwent a brain scan Tuesday night, which came back clear.

“The brain scan is clear, which is very, very good news,” said Turf Club medical officer Dr. Adrian McGoldrick late Tuesday. “She has a fractured vertebrae in her neck and T6 in her back. Both of those are for MRI scans tomorrow for further assessment. She has also fractured her cheekbones bilaterally. I would say she will be out of action for three or four months.”

“She is very upset and it has been an awful ordeal for her. She will be fine, though, and hopefully the MRI scans will go well. She is likely to be out of action for three to four months. She's amazing.”

O'Brien was injured in Killarney's second race when her mount, Druids Cross, stumbled and went down after being bumped by St Gallen two furlongs from the wire. O'Brien was airlifted to Cork University Hospital. Unfortunately, Druids Cross was fatally injured and could not be saved.

In his statement to the press, Dr. McGoldrick added that Ana's parents, Aidan and Annemarie, were “incredibly grateful” for the care that their daughter received after the incident.

McGoldrick said, “Aidan and Annemarie would like to thank the superb work provided to Ana by the Order of Malta, racecourse doctors, veterinary team and ground staff led by Val O'Connell. Also the air medical crew and the amazing staff at Cork University Hospital.”

Read more in the Racing Post

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