William Fox-Pitt “progressing well” after cross-country fall

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William Fox-Pitt and Eventing Ireland CCI2* winner Ramdam de Mons.
William Fox-Pitt, pictured with Ramdam de Mons at Tattersalls earlier this year.

The condition of injured eventing rider William Fox-Pitt remains unchanged in hospital in France, following his fall at the weekend during the World Championships for Young Horses in Le Lion d’Angers.

Fox-Pitt, 46, who suffered head trauma when he fell from Reinstated in the seven-year-old championships, remains sedated and is under constant observation at Angers Hospital.

Sedation following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is used to reduce intracranial pressure or brain swelling, to stop seizure activity and help ventilation.

Since the accident there has been an outpouring of support for Fox-Pitt and his family, with many well-wishers offering words of encouragement, particularly on social media.

Fox-Pitt’s wife, Channel 4 Racing presenter Alice Plunkett, rushed to France from the couple’s home in Dorset to be at her husband’s bedside.

She said on Wednesday: “He is in great hands and is progressing well. Thank you again for all your support.”

As yet a report from officials at Le Lion d’Angers has not been released over the circumstances of Fox-Pitt’s accident. British Eventing released a statement asking that “the privacy of the family is respected at this time; his family and support team are very grateful for all the concern expressed”.

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