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Faithfull 'recovering well' after horror fall

WA jockey Natasha Faithfull is awake and breathing on her own in hospital less than 24hrs after a horror fall in Albany on Saturday.

The Australian Jockeys’ Association said she will remain in the ICU for a few days but won’t need surgery and is “extremely fortunate” her injuries weren’t more serious after such a nasty incident.

The 25 year-old sustained a fractured shoulder, injured ribs and pelvis and lacerations to her liver in a trackwork fall on the beach at Albany.

Faithfull’s horse was startled returning from the beach and was reported to have fallen in a sandbank before rolling and jumping on her as it was trying to get back up.

The jockey is at the Royal Perth Hospital after she was transported there from Albany by the Royal Flying Doctors Service after the incident.

“She’s extremely lucky to be able to be awake and breathing on her own so soon after a fall like that, we are very thankful she’s okay,” said AJA National OHS Officer Kevin Ring on Sunday.

“There has been speculation that she was in a coma and fighting for her life but I can confirm she is okay and the doctors are happy with her condition this morning.

“At this stage she doesn’t require an operation, which is fantastic news, she’s really dodged a bullet and will hopefully continue to recover well,” he said.
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