Vince Halliday amazes doctors with miraculous recovery from intensive care

Halliday suffered two brain bleeds, fractures to his back, neck, shoulder and elbow, and spent two weeks on a ventilator following an awful fall at Delaware Park

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Jockey Vince Halliday takes first steps in hospital after horror fall

Jockey Vince Halliday has amazed doctors with his miraculous recovery from a fall which put him in intensive care.

The Irishman suffered two brain bleeds, fractures to his back, neck, shoulder and elbow during the accident at Delaware Park in July.

He spent two weeks on a ventilator, unable to breathe on his own, under around-the-clock care from medics.

But after coming off it, Halliday gradually made progress and took his first steps in hospital. In recent days has been able to take his frame outside, reaching another a significant milestone.

His wife Stephanie Pastore said: “His physiotherapists are amazed at how well he is doing.”

Halliday, 41, who rode for nearly 20 years in Britain and Ireland before relocating to America in 2008, was rushed to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware on July 15.

He suffered multiple injuries when his mount Tua clipped heels with a rival in a race and he was trampled by another horse.

During his treatment, Halliday, now in acute rehab, was relieved to learn that the filly is recovering from the ordeal.

Pastore said her husband has battled through several setbacks to reach the current stage he is at, walking in the fresh air with assistance.

“Vince did end up back in ICU for two days with a bleed due to the placement of the stomach feed tube,” she said.

“He was unable to swallow so it was the best way for him to get his nutrition. They stopped the bleeding and gave him six units of blood.

Vince Halliday in the saddle and right, taking one of his first walks outside of hospital since his horror fall



“He went back to trauma step down and was exhausted. However later he got out of bed with the help of the occupational therapist and walked around the nurses’ station three times.

“I was in utter amazement of his perseverance.”

Halliday is currently having speech, swallowing and physical therapy every day, into the seventh week since the traumatic racecourse event.

Well-wishers have raised more than £29,000 via a GoFundMe page to help with his medical bills.

“He has definitely made wonderful progress and when he has a setback he bounces back onto the road to recovery,” Pastore added.

Halliday began his racing career as an apprentice to legendary trainer Kevin Prendergast and later spent time working for trainers in the UK, including David Barron and Richard Whitaker..

He rode 51 winners and since relocating to the States has a tally of 45 from competing in more than 1,000 races.

Two of his successes were recorded earlier this year.

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