Authorities prepare to fly family of Indian jockey Hari Singh to Australia after heavy fall
- by:Brent Zerafa
- From:The Daily Telegraph
- August 16, 2012 12:00am
Hari Singh aboard Scar Tissue. Picture: Sarsfield Thoroughbreds http://www.racing.photography.com.auSource: The Daily Telegraph
HARI Singh left his wife and daughter in India to make a life in Australia as a jockey.
Now the 28-year-old is in an induced coma at Newcastle John Hunter Hospital, suffering bleeding on the brain after a race fall at Tamworth on Tuesday.
Racing authorities are arranging to fly his young family to Australia from their home state of Rajasthan in India’s north.
Singh, 28, remains in a critical but stable condition after suffering two broken vertebrae and bleeding on the brain following a nasty fall at Tamworth races on Tuesday.
Racing NSW safety officer Maurice Logue said making contact with Singh’s family was difficult because of the language barrier but all efforts were being made to arrange for their travel to Australia.
“We had to go through one of his cousins, who is based in England, they have been able to contact the family and they have my phone number, they are getting an interpreter and plan to give me a call at some stage,” Logue said.
“He is now an Australian resident, he has a wife and a daughter back in India, which he is going through the process of getting them to Australia on a spousal visa.”
After the fall in race seven on Tuesday, he was taken to Tamworth Base Hospital. There, he was stabilised, placed in an induced coma and later transferred to Newcastle by helicopter.
“His condition has improved slightly, he is now listed as critical but stable, he does have two fractured vertebrae, he has had a slight bleed to the brain but all that aside the doctors don’t have too many major concerns with the bleed or the vertebrae,” Logue said.
“He is no longer in an induced state, I visited him (yesterday), they gave him a little bit of a shake to wake him up, he looked at me and then straight away he was asleep again.
“That is the same with all the other guys that I’ve visited when they have similar injuries, they just spend 99 per cent of the time asleep, I suppose it is the body just saying you have got to heal and the best thing to do is be asleep.”
Singh swapped Rajasthan for Muswellbrook to take up an apprenticeship as a jockey with trainer Jeff Englebrecht five years ago.
He lost his apprentice claim six weeks ago.
“A long way to go but something is better than nothing in this situation, we are all crossing our fingers and toes and hope he just keeps going forward,” Englebrecht said.
“He is living in Muswellbrook, riding work for me for the first couple of hours and then going to do a few more locals and heading to Scone and riding for Rodney Northam and a few guys up there. He is very hard working, just wanted to do the right thing, he has been waiting for about six months to get his wife and baby out here.
“I only spoke to him (Tuesday morning ) about it and he said he was hoping to get it all fixed up by the end of the year, he has been in a really good mood since all the paperwork has been done and sent to India but just the wait has been killing him.”