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Only just heard the awful news about William F-P on the BBC this morning.

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standclear Wed 21-Oct-15 08:32:57

I hope he is OK. Wishing him a speedy recovery. His poor family.

gailforce1 Wed 21-Oct-15 09:09:49

I saw this on fb on Monday and then saw it on BBC yesterday morning when they said he was stable. What was the update today?
Wishing him a speedy recovery, he has been part of the backbone of British eventing for so many years.

Buttercup443 Wed 21-Oct-15 09:39:36

What happened, I've not seen this?

standclear Wed 21-Oct-15 09:43:44

see here Buttercup

I think they won't know the extrent of the injury until he is woken up from sedation sad Here's hoping the news is positive.

At least he should be getting very good care in a French hospital.

tattychicken Wed 21-Oct-15 09:45:06

Rotational fall at Le Lions D'angers on Sat, he's sedated and stable but no further news. Horse ok. Just seems such a long time with no news of improvement. I guess they're keeping him sedated to reduce swelling etc but I can't help feeling it's been a long time now, it's day 4 now....desperately hoping he's ok. sad

standclear Wed 21-Oct-15 09:45:23

gailforce there's no further news on his official website. Just a message from Alice passing on thanks for everyone's support.

standclear Wed 21-Oct-15 09:47:43

Oh dear, I hadn't realised it was a rotational fall Tatty, presumably on a young horse.

Buttercup443 Wed 21-Oct-15 10:17:18

Thanks stand clear.

How very sad, wishing him a speedy recovery and also thinking of his family.

tattychicken Wed 21-Oct-15 10:36:54

Yes, in the 7 year old championship. A friend was there with her horse, said he was treated on the course for an hour. BUT, he's tough, he's in good hands. I just keep repeating that to myself.

CQ Wed 21-Oct-15 10:42:39

Was just talking to DH about this. I follow our local Headway charity on FB as my BIL suffered a head trauma earlier this year. Yesterday on their FB feed they posted a message of goodwill for William F-P which makes me think it must be a serious head injury.

From the little I know following BIL-s injury, they keep them in a medically induced coma for at least a week, to allow the brain swelling and bruising to subside. Then they gradually bring them out, if the response is good at each stage.

So horrible for all concerned, but hopefully being so fit will act in his favour.

tattychicken Wed 21-Oct-15 10:49:39

Thanks CQ, that timescale is helpful. If a week is usual then I can calm down about it being 4 days. flowers

standclear Wed 21-Oct-15 11:02:52

Tatty oh dear, it certainly sounds serious if he was treated on the course for an hour but yes, thank you CQ, that is reassuring to know about the timescale.

standclear Wed 21-Oct-15 11:03:51

Hope your bil is making a good recovery now CQ

SoundFury Wed 21-Oct-15 11:06:45

Oh no sad

I was very into riding in my younger years, and my parents live very close to his yard.

Wishing a speedy recovery flowers

standclear Wed 21-Oct-15 17:25:51

The more I think about this, the more annoyed I am that there is so little media coverage about it actually. If this was a footballer, it would be plastered all over the news. It just shows how poor the media's support of our equestrian athletes is; he has won two silver and one bronze Olympic medals fhs, never mind all his other achievements.

Still, I suppose less media intrusion is better for his family.

Still hoping and praying he recovers well from this.

tattychicken Wed 21-Oct-15 17:28:52

They've just updated again, no change, sedated, under observation.

tattychicken Wed 21-Oct-15 17:29:36

I agree Stand, the last thing the family needs is hordes of press outside the hospital.

Dapplegrey1 Wed 21-Oct-15 17:36:00

Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery and sympathy to his family.
Standclear - I've often wondered about the lack of coverage equestrian sports receive - as you say, if it had been a footballer or a racing driver it would have been leading the news.
Even the tragic deaths of event riders barely make the papers.

standclear Wed 21-Oct-15 22:52:30

Agree Dapple think the BBC is particularly bad re: coverage; think it is possibly due to some ridiculous reverse snobbery.

Tatty here's hoping no news is good news for now

Dismalfuckers Wed 21-Oct-15 23:04:57

Horrible thing. Love Alice from the morning line too. Really hope he recovers, keeping all this from horse mad dd ??

standclear Wed 21-Oct-15 23:32:02

Dismal same here, keeping it from my dd too. Alice is (thankfully) a trooper.

standclear Wed 21-Oct-15 23:38:19

sorry, posted too soon, meant to say Alice (thankfully) a trooper, but I cannot imagine how she must be feeling atm.

Sending prayers and positive thoughts to them.

carabos Sun 25-Oct-15 16:47:38

We've heard today via a friend in racing circles that its going to be a long job. Don't want to say more than that. Hope he pulls through sad.

Wolfiefan Sun 25-Oct-15 16:48:53

Oh God I hadn't heard this. Hoping for good news and thinking of his friends and family.

OurBlanche Sun 25-Oct-15 16:57:05

Carabos, we heard the same here, surrounded by eventing stables and many people talking about it. All thoughts with his family and friends.

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