Chris Meehan: took a kick to the face before ambulance added to his pain
By Mark Scully 9:05AM 18 AUG 2016
JOCKEY Chris Meehan, whose leg was broken when an ambulance coming to his aid ran over it, has had his cast removed and could be back riding out in a few weeks’ time.
Meehan’s remarkable story, which came near the end of a stint riding in Italy this summer, gained attention around the world, with the rider praised for his stoicism and good humour.
During a hurdle race at Merano last month, Meehan fell from his mount and was subsequently kicked in the face, leaving an injury that required 27 stitches in his jaw.
His misery was then compounded as the ambulance sent to assist him ran over and broke his right leg, leaving Meehan to respond: “You have to laugh really.”
Now the rider is eyeing a return to the saddle after having his cast removed on Wednesday.
“Everything has gone well, so all being well I’m trying to get back by the end of the month, although that would be pushing it,” Meehan said.
“I just have to wait and see what they say at the hospital and take it from there, but I’d say I’d be back on a horse by September at the latest, almost certainly.”