Jonty Evans shows early signs of progress in regaining consciousness

Irish Olympic equestrian rider remains in a serious but stable condition after fall

Ireland’s Jonty Evans  on Cooley Rorkes Drift after competing in the Eventing Individual Jumping Final at the Rio Olympic Games in August 2016. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland’s Jonty Evans on Cooley Rorkes Drift after competing in the Eventing Individual Jumping Final at the Rio Olympic Games in August 2016. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

 

Irish Olympic equestrian rider Jonty Evans has shown early signs of progress in regaining consciousness following his fall at Tattersalls international horse trials in early June.

The Ireland international remains in Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, with Horse Sport Ireland issuing a statement on Wednesday with an update on Evans’s health.

It reads: “Jonty remains in a very serious but stable condition and has recently shown some early signs of progress in regaining consciousness. However, he remains very seriously ill having suffered a significant brain injury in his fall and any recovery will take an indefinite period of time.

“Jonty continues to receive expert medical treatment and rehabilitation from the staff at the Connolly Hospital. We are especially grateful to the nursing teams for all their wonderful care and treatment. We are also very grateful for the support Jonty has received from the David Foster Injured Riders Fund. The family has requested that rather than send flowers or cards, donations to the David Foster Injured Riders Fund would be welcomed. http://www.davidfosterinjuredridersfund.ie/

“Jonty’s family thank everybody for their kind thoughts, continued support and best wishes.”

In recent weeks, event riders of all standards throughout the world have shown their support for the injured Irish international by wearing green (Evans’s trademark colours) when they compete.

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