Stephen Brown Jr update
Six weeks after suffering life threatening injuries in a fall at a Wangaratta jump-out, former apprentice jockey Stephen Brown Jr has been transferred from the Royal Melbourne Hospital to Epworth Hospital in Richmond to commence what is anticipated to be a long and extensive period of rehabilitation.
Brown sustained head injuries, as well as fractured ribs, neck fractures and a punctured lung, in the fall which occurred on 18 September.
Stephen’s parents, Stephen Snr and Elisha, have today issued the following statement thanking everyone for their care and concern:
“The last six weeks have been unbelievably challenging for Stephen, but he’s shown great courage and determination to get to the stage of being well enough for doctors to approve his transfer to Epworth.
“On Stephen’s behalf and on behalf of all his family and friends, we would like to pass on our appreciation for all the kind messages of care and concern that we have received.
“We would also like to record our sincerest thanks to everyone involved in Stephen’s care, from the moment of his injury at Wangaratta. The efforts of those on course at the time, the paramedics who managed his transfer, the ICU doctors and nurses at the Royal Melbourne were all simply extraordinary, as has been the care shown by everyone once Stevie was transferred into the ward at Royal Melbourne.
“We know the next part of Stephen’s recovery at Epworth Hospital will be lengthy and demanding for him, but we are just so pleased he is starting that next phase of his recovery today.”