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UK Trackwork Rider Revived 17 Times

Friday, 25th July 2008

Also in the UK, "work-rider David McMinn needed to be resuscitated 17 times following a dramatic fall on the Lambourn gallops," reported Sporting Life. The 19-year-old was riding for trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam "when he was flung from his mount & hit the plastic running rail". Jockey Club Estates operations manager Tom Lovell-Stagg was among the first on the scene & told racingpost.co.uk: "When I got there, David had stopped breathing & I applied chest compressions. He revived & I called ambulance control. He stopped breathing again & I gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. We lost him again 14 times in the 30 minutes before the arrival of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. The on-board doctor revived him with a defibrillator, making 17 times in all. It was a frightening incident for everyone involved & I'm so relieved that it looks as though everything will be all right." McMinn's condition was subsequently reported to be "stable & comfortable, though it is understood he may have punctured a lung in his fall".

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