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Irish Olympic rider continuing recovery one month after regaining consciousness from coma

Jonty Evans was left in a coma after suffering a serious head injury during the Tattersalls International Horse Trials back in June.

Evans celebrates on Cooley Rorkes Drift in Rio de Janeiro.
Evans celebrates on Cooley Rorkes Drift in Rio de Janeiro.
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

IRISH OLYMPIC RIDER Jonty Evans is making good progress in his recovery from a serious head injury suffered during a cross-country fall in the Tattersalls International Horse Trials at the start of June.

Evans, who represented Ireland at the Rio 2016 Olympics and finished ninth, fell from Cooley Rorkes Drift and was badly injured as a result.

A statement released on Thursday said the event rider had been recovering steadily in Dublin and that he was deemed fit enough to move his rehabilitation to a specialist neuro unit in the UK.

I am humbled by all the support I have received and all the help I have been given by the staff at the Beaumont and Connolly Hospitals,” Evans said.

“I would especially like to mention Ciaran and Emily Glynn at Killossery, and my family Maggie Evans, Arthur Griffiths and Hannah Evans for their support. I am by no means out of the woods, but intend to keep trying.”

Jonty Evans celebrates on Cooley Rorkes Drift Evans represented Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Evans regained consciousness from the significant brain injury at the end of July. An update from Horse Sport Ireland said the 46-year-old’s recovery would take a significant period of time “but the long term outlook is encouraging.”

“We are very pleased to say that during the past four weeks Jonty has made good progress as he recovers from his head injury,” the statement said.

“He continued to receive physiotherapy and rehabilitation support from the medical teams at the Connolly Hospital, Dublin who were delighted at his rate of progress.

“Jonty was passed fit to make the journey to the UK and on Monday he moved to continue his rehabilitation at a specialist neuro unit that is best suited to his needs at this time.”

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