“Encouraging” signs from injured eventer, Polly Williamson

  • Eventer Polly Williamson – who remains seriously ill following a fall – has made some progress, say her family.

    The Wiltshire-based rider, 41, has been in an induced coma in hospital in Bristol since the accident on 8 December.

    It’s not clear exactly what happened, but it appears that the horse may have spooked and fallen on Polly in the very high winds earlier this month. She suffered a serious head injury and broke three vertebrae.

    Her sister, Tory Jowett, told H&H that Polly had “inched forward on a journey of miles” in the past couple of days.

    Mrs Jowett said: “She is focusing with her right eye, responds to us by a squeeze of the right hand and there is a hint of a smile.

    “She appears to know it is us when we visit.”

    Polly, n ©e Lyon, is a former junior and young rider European champion. She is married with two young sons.

    The Lyon and Williamson families say they have received an “overwhelming” number of messages from well-wishers.

    Mrs Jowett told H&H: “It is still far too early for the medics to make an accurate long-term prognosis, but things are looking more encouraging.”

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