Update on Scott Jones's progress

Lismore Turf Club's Secretary Manager, Scott Jones, was involved in an explosion at Lismore Racecourse on the morning of Thursday, 23 November 2017. Scott suffered burns to 45% of his body and is now in Royal Brisbane Hospital.

Update at 4pm on Tuesday, 5th December 2017: Scott Jones is now out of an induction coma, following the explosion at the Lismore Racecourse.

Michael Cleaver, Deputy Chairman of Lismore Turf Club, said that Scott came out of the coma yesterday and has now been moved out of the intensive care unit of Royal Brisbane Hospital. Scott has been moved to the burns unit of Royal Brisbane Hospital where he will require further surgeries and ongoing treatment after suffering burns to 45% of his body.

“Scott came out of his coma yesterday and he remembers everything that happened,” Michael Cleaver said. “We couldn’t be happier with his recovery so far. They were going to sit him up today and he has already asked for his laptop!”

Michael said there is still a long road ahead, but doctors are happy with Scott’s lungs as he can now breathe by himself.

Scott’s quick thinking to rinse himself with cool water in the jockeys room following the gas explosion may have saved his life and has helped with his recovery, Michael said.

Lismore Turf Club is looking at holding a fundraising night for Scott in February 2018. The Club wants Scott to walk through the door at the event and will hold the event after he is discharged from hospital.

The investigation into the explosion is still ongoing.

A 'Go Fund Me' page has been set up by Scott's friends where more than $36,000 has been raised to help support the Jones family - Click here to donate