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Ana O'Brien fractures vertebrae in her neck and back but brain scan comes back clear

The young jockey faces several months of rehabilitation after yesterday’s fall at Killarney.

O'Brien (file photo).
O'Brien (file photo).
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THE TURF CLUB’S chief medical officer has offered an update on Ana O’Brien’s condition.

The 21-year-old jockey, daughter of champion trainer Aidan O’Brien, was airlifted to Cork University Hospital yesterday evening after a fall from Druids Cross in the 6.20pm race at Killarney.

There has been some good news as she hasn’t suffered damage to the brain, but O’Brien will have a lengthy recovering period after sustaining fractured vertebrae in her neck and back as well as fractured cheek bones.

“She has a fractured C1 vertebra in her neck and T6 in her back. Both will have an MRI scan tomorrow to assess further. She has fractured cheek bones bilaterally.

“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 amazing staff at Cork University Hospital.”

Sadly, three-year-old Druids Cross suffered fatal injuries.

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