March 15, 2009

Report: British Olympic hopeful in coma

Rosie Chinery, a talented Olympic hopeful, remains in a coma after recently breaking her neck in a fall from her horse, her family says.

The 18-year-old native of Great Yeldham, Essex, was training a point-to-point horse in Newmarket when she was thrown from the saddle last Wednesday, the Daily Mail reported.

She wants to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, and also had hopes of being picked for the British Eventing Young Riders Team to appear in dressage, show-jumping and cross country.

Chinery has not regained while hospitalized, the British newspaper said.

It (was) a horse she has ridden for the past two years, her grandfather, Aubrey Chinery, 73, told the Mail. She was going up a hill very fast and the horse either had a heart attack or collapsed, and catapulted her off. She hit the ground at 50 or 60 miles per hour. The doctors said it is not a serious break in her neck but they will not know how badly affected she is until she comes round.