Laura Collett is ‘very ill, but not critical’

  • Laura Collett — who suffered a rotational fall at Tweseldown yesterday (8 July) — is “very ill, but not critical,” according to British eventing team manager, Yogi Breisner.

    Yogi told H&H the Membury-based rider was “stable” but is still in intensive care.

    “She is under sedation and will remain so for the next 24-28hr, so there will unlikely be any changes for a while,” he said. “She has a punctured lung, so she needs to be under sedation to help with her breathing.

    “But all her head and brain scans seem to be positive so far, so we are optimistic about that.

    “She also has some fractures, but they are the least of the worries.”

    Laura, 23, was competing in an intermediate section on the seven-year-old mare Tis A Beauty (not pictured), when they had a rotational fall at fence 18. The mare was unharmed.

    She was conscious when taken to hospital but placed in an induced coma there.

    This morning, her family said that she had been “woken up briefly and responded well to family.”

    The latest news on Laura’s website says: “As a result of the damage to Laura’s lungs it has been decided to give her longer under sedation and it is anticipated waking her tomorrow.  Family and friends are very grateful for messages of support, but sadly we won’t be able to answer them all.”

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