Showjumper Athina Onassis de Miranda is in hospital with a spinal injury following a fall from a horse yesterday (13 November).
The heiress, who with her husband sponsors the Athina Onassis International Horse Show in Rio — part of the Global Champions Tour, “had a bad accident yesterday” a press release states.
“Whilst training at home she fell from her horse. She has a dorsal spinal injury [a back rather than neck injury],” reads the statement.
It adds that her husband and fellow showjumper Alvaro Affonso de Miranda Neto, known as “Doda”, is “close by her side at the hospital”.
“It is a very bad injury but we are happy, it could have been much worse,” said Mr de Miranda Neto. “She will make a complete recovery.”