Freddy Tylicki has been discharged from hospital to continue his rehabilitation after being paralysed in a horrific fall at Kempton Park on 31 October.
He was flown to St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London, where he underwent an operation on his spine. His surgical team then confirmed Freddy had a T7 paralysis, meaning he has movement in the upper half of his body but not his lower.
Freddy revealed on social media today (Tuesday, 20 December) that he was leaving hospital to begin the next part of his recovery.
“I have been waiting on this day for a long time and it’s finally come!! On the road to the rehab clinic #nextchapter #keepfighting,” he tweeted.
Lisa Hancock, chief executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF), added: “Freddy has been in St George’s Hospital for seven weeks now, so to get him into rehab before Christmas is positive news.
“I’m sure it’s a great relief to Freddy and his family that he is now on the road to rehabilitation.”
A charitable trust for the rider is being set up by his mother and sister.
A donation of £272,000 from an online fundraising page, set up by television racing presenter Matt Chapman, will open the trust.
The IJF is collecting money on behalf of the trust.
“The IJF will hold these monies for Freddy until the trust has been established at which point all monies will be transferred with no deductions,” said an IJF spokesman.
“The IJF will continue to support Freddy now and in future for as long as our help is needed.”
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The fall, which involved four horses, happened during a fillies’ maiden race.
Freddy was in second place when his mount, Nellie Deen, appeared to clip leader Madame Butterfly as the runners turned into the home straight.
Nellie Deen then brought down Electrify, ridden by champion jockey Jim Crowley, Skara Mae partnered by Steve Drowne, and Ted Durcan aboard Sovrano Dolce.
While Steve escaped uninjured, Jim sustained a broken nose and Ted a broken ankle. All four horses were back on their feet following the fall.