Reigning female amateur jumps champion Isabel Tompsett is in intensive care following a serious fall at Fakenham yesterday (22 May) that left her unconscious and unable to breathe.
Miss Tompsett was initially taken to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, but on Sunday night she was transferred to a neurology ward at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where, according to trainer Peter Bowen, she is on a life-support machine.
Mr Bowen told the Racing Post: “She is in a serious condition and on a life-support machine. They also did a scan [on Sunday night] but wouldn’t tell us the results. I’ve not heard anything this morning [Monday], but I know her family and [partner] John Llewellyn are with her. It’s tragic really, very sad.”
Miss Tompsett, 28, an equine vet, was thrown to the ground by hurdler Leopold in the early stages of a 2m4f handicap.
The 10-year-old, trained by David Thompson, rolled on her and left her with injuries that medics began treating at the scene.
Numerous racing personalities, including AP McCoy and Paul Nicholls, have sent their best wishes to Miss Tompsett via social networking sites.