Emily Gilruth in a Stable Condition after Badminton Horse Trials Fall

Written by Tuesday, 09 May 2017 09:59
Emily Gilruth and Topwood Beau at Badminton last year, 2016. Emily Gilruth and Topwood Beau at Badminton last year, 2016.

British eventing rider Emily Gilruth remains in intensive care in Southmead Hospital in Bristol after falling from Topwood Beau at the Badminton Horse Trials at the weekend.

In a statement, her family said on Monday afternoon:

"Emily’s family would like to thank all the many well-wishers for the lovely supportive messages that they have received.

"She suffered a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) when falling from her horse at the third fence on Saturday. She was airlifted to Bristol’s Southmead hospital.

"The doctors are pleased with her progress. She has had a stable night and remains under sedation.

"We would like to say a huge thank you to Badminton’s medical team, for their efficient and very caring service, also to the staff in the intensive care unit at Southmead."

Her brother-in-law, Andrew Gilruth, told the Telegraph newspaper:

“With any significant injury it’s going to be about a week before anybody knows but she’s heading in the right direction.

“She was on one of the non-technical fences [when the accident occurred]. There’s no indication that its not all recoverable the problem is we just don’t know yet…you just have to wait and see how it progresses.”

British Olympic Event rider, Gemma Tattersall responded to the news of Mrs Gilruth's recovery on Facebook:

"Very encouraging to hear, saw her fall and my blood ran cold. Keep fighting Emily...your eventing family are behind you."

We wish her well.


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