Injured eventer Nicola Wilson transferred to specialist spinal unit

Nicola Wilson.
Nicola Wilson. © Mike Bain

Eventing rider Nicola Wilson has been transferred closer to home to a specialist spinal centre in Middlesbrough following her fall at the Badminton Horse Trials on May 7.

Wilson’s recovery is progressing well, with sensation and movement returning to her lower and upper limbs.

“There will be a lengthy rehabilitation process ahead but with the support from experts, family and friends combined with her positive attitude she is in the best place to optimise her recovery,” a statement from British Equestrian said.

Wilson sustained several spinal fractures when she fell from JL Dublin at the 27th obstacle on the course at Badminton, just six fences from home. She did not require surgery. JL Dublin was not injured in the accident.

She was transferred from Southmead Hospital in Bristol to James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough on Wednesday, where the Spinal Rehabilitation Unit will enable expert support with her ongoing rehabilitation.

Following the transfer, Wilson was said to be “comfortable, in good spirits and pleased to be closer to home”.

Nicola, husband Alastair and mother Mary Tweddle thanked the staff who looked after her at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, and also thanked well-wishers for the numerous cards and messages of support, “each and every one is greatly appreciated”.

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