Equestrian photographer fractures skull in rollerblading accident

  • Equestrian photographer Libby Law is in hospital following a rollerblading accident in Australia.

    Libby fell from a bike trail in Melbourne earlier this month (18 November) and suffered a serious head injury.

    The New Zealander was in Australia in preparation for covering Adelaide CCI4* (19-22 November).

    “My poor head has certainly taken the impact,” she said on Sunday (22 November). “[I] lost a lot of blood and cracked and spiral fractured my skull at the back below the impact site.

    “A wonderful cyclist found me dazed and not quite conscious and helped me up and literally carried me to a spot to get a cab.”

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    Libby was taken to Melbourne Royal Hospital where she was told there would be a three-hour wait for treatment. She then travelled to St Vincent’s Hospital where she had a CT scan and was told she did not need an operation.

    “Very scared having a damaged scull and huge pressure in my brain, but after more scans and meetings with the team I am so confident in their knowledge,” she said.

    “Today we seem to have found the balance for pain medication and antibiotics that have seen me have a relaxed and comfy — if just a little spaced out — afternoon.”

    Libby thanked well-wishers for the flowers they had sent her and all the “get well soon” messages she has received from friends and family.

    “Get well soon Libby!” wrote a spokesman from the FEI on Libby’s Facebook page. “Events just won’t be same until you are back there with us in the press room — sending all of our best wishes from the whole FEI team.”

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