Jockey Leah Kilner posts first social media post after horror fall during horse race in Grafton

Wheelchair-bound jockey who recently woke up from a coma following horror race fall shares a heartwarming photo of her cuddling her dog in first social media post since the accident

  • Leah Kilner, 24, was thrown from her horse in a race in Grafton earlier this month
  • The rising jockey went into a coma, suffering serious spinal and head injuries 
  • She underwent emergency surgery to ‘release the pressure on her brain’ 
  • In her first social media post since the fall she is seen with her dog Chanel

A rising female jockey who recently woke from a coma after suffering a horrific fall during a race has shared a photo of herself for the first time since the accident.

Leah Kilner, 24, was thrown from her filly, Stella Turn, during a race in Grafton in northern NSW on July 3.

Terrifying footage showed the horse stumble about 75m from the finish line, catapulting Kilner onto the track and into the path of the oncoming animals.

In her first social media post since the fall, the young jockey on Friday shared a snap of her sitting in a wheelchair reunited with her pet Chihuahua Chanel.  

‘My baby girl came for visit,’ Kilner wrote along with the photo where she was seen cuddling her pet with an ear-to-ear smile.

Leah Kilner (pictured) who recently woke from a coma after she fell off her horse during a race has shared a heartwarming first picture since the fall, cuddling with her dog Chanel

Leah Kilner (pictured) who recently woke from a coma after she fell off her horse during a race has shared a heartwarming first picture since the fall, cuddling with her dog Chanel

The accident left Kilner in a coma with serious spinal and head injuries, where she required machines to live. She underwent surgery to 'release the pressure on her brain' at Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital and is now on the road to recovery

The accident left Kilner in a coma with serious spinal and head injuries, where she required machines to live. She underwent surgery to ‘release the pressure on her brain’ at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital and is now on the road to recovery

Queensland jockey Stephanie Thornton commented, ‘So beautiful beyond proud of you’.

Kilner’s mother Siobhan Jackson also commented, ‘Two of the best’ referring to Leah and her pup. 

The accident left Kilner in a coma with serious spinal and head injuries, where she required machines to live.

She underwent surgery to ‘release the pressure on her brain’ at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital.

The young jockey also suffered a broken collar bone and broken ribs from the accident.

But despite the horror incident, her first thoughts after waking up were for her beloved horses.

‘Leah must have thought I was going to give up training because of all this, and she didn’t want me to,’ her father Gary Kilner earlier told News Corp.

The 24-year-old was thrown from her filly, Stella Turn, and trampled during a race in Grafton in the New South Wales northern rivers region earlier this month

The 24-year-old was thrown from her filly, Stella Turn, and trampled during a race in Grafton in the New South Wales northern rivers region earlier this month

The jockey has been on the mend in hospital, with doctors 'pleased' with her recovery

The jockey has been on the mend in hospital, with doctors ‘pleased’ with her recovery

‘It is unbelievable how she has come through, it’s really a miracle, if you had seen her in the first couple of days it was just heartbreaking.’

Kilner was shifted from intensive care to a hospital ward, where her father revealed her first instinct was to flick the TV onto the races after she was transferred.

A press release from Racing NSW earlier this week said, ‘Leah continues to make steady progress and is getting lots of sleep. She is walking more with assistance.’

She will spend the coming months in hospital where she will continue to receive treatment for her injuries. 

Stella Turn was euthanised after the accident, while the remaining six races of the meet were postponed.

Kilner is regarded as one of the best up-and-coming jockeys in the country, riding more than 200 winners during her short career.

She narrowly missed out on the all-time record of 54 victories in the 2021-22 racing season after crossing the line in first place 46 times.

A press release from Racing NSW earlier this week said, 'Leah continues to make steady progress and is getting lots of sleep. She is walking more with assistance.'

A press release from Racing NSW earlier this week said, ‘Leah continues to make steady progress and is getting lots of sleep. She is walking more with assistance.’

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