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Jockey Aidan MacDonald making progress in hospital from serious injury

Jockey Aidan MacDonald is making progress in hospital after being readmitted for the treatment of a serious injury.

The young conditional was taken ill on Wednesday, two weeks on from his fall in a race at Hexham on March 18.

A statement from the Injured Jockeys Fund said he was “in a critical condition and receiving active treatment for a suspected carotid artery dissection.”

On Friday, Micky Hammond, the trainer of the horse involved in the incident two weeks ago, gave an update via social media.

He tweeted: “Update on Aidan Macdonald – The bleed has now been cleared. He is speaking in sentences and can feel and move his fingers. A long road ahead but what a warrior, we still ask for privacy for his family at this difficult time. But what positive news #TeamMH#Beanie#ToughLad

Aidan Macdonald

MacDonald came off his mount, a 22-1 shot in the betting, three hurdles away from the finish.

The 11-year-old horse was up afterwards as medics gave assistance to the young sportsman at the meeting, which coincided with Cheltenham Festival week.

The IJF confirmed yesterday that in the aftermath, MacDonald had been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for “extensive testing.”

Their spokesperson added that two days ago he was taken to the James Cook Middlesbrough Hospital for further treatment.

A day after the fall, MacDonald retweeted an update about his injuries, which included ‘concussion’ and made him ‘very sore.’

Professionals throughout the industry, including presenters Mick Fitzgerald and Matt Chapman, have sent him their best wishes along with dozens of racing fans.




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