Fears leading jockey could be left a quadriplegic
STAR Sydney jockey Tye Angland's outstanding riding career looks over with fears he may be left a quadriplegic after being injured in a shocking Hong Kong race fall last month.
Angland's family released a statement on Thursday through the Australian Jockeys Association which detailed for the first time the extent of the jockey's injuries.
Angland was speared head first into the turf soon after the start of a race at Sha Tin on November 25. The jockey lay motionless on the track but remained conscious.
He was rushed to Hong Kong's Prince of Wales Hospital where he was found he had suffered a fracture and dislocation of the spine as well as a spinal cord injury.
Angland has twice undergone surgery, once in Hong Kong and again at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney where he remains. His spine has been stabilised and realigned.
However, the popular jockey and father of three young children faces a long and difficult road to recovery.
"Tye's doctors advise the long-term prognosis for injuries of this nature are always hard to diagnose in the early stages. However, there remains a likelihood of Tye's outcome being quadriplegic,'' the statement read.
"His wife Erin, and the couple's three children Alexis, Addison and Rylan have been overwhelmed by the support they have received and wish to say thank you to everyone who has reached out to them.
"The family has requested their privacy as they deal with this very difficult situation.''