Jockey slowly recovers from near fatal fall
DOCTORS have advised him against it, but Nathan Patchett is hoping 2014 will be the year he gets back on a horse.
The Rockhampton jockey battled for his life in July after an horrific fall at Callaghan Park left him with bleeding on his brain and a crushed leg when his 500kg horse fell on him.
"I'm still not allowed to even attempt to go to work or ride until March," Nathan said.
"I miss riding every day, but I've got to learn to be patient and take my time.
At the moment doctors are not giving him an estimate of whether or not he will be able to ride again.
"I spoke to a couple of good doctors about me riding again and they did suggest maybe I shouldn't in case I hit my head again …but they won't say no," he said.
After his accident he moved back to Mackay with his family and began physiotherapy there, but on Monday he moved to Gracemere with his fiancée Chloe and their two young daughters.
Nathan is seeing a brain psychologist and is doing occupational therapy and speech therapy, which he said was the hardest part of his recovery.
He also had another more surgery on his leg around about 10 weeks ago, which he said healed well.
"I went through a stage where I was depressed," Nathan said.
"I had everything going for me before my accident …I couldn't have been happier.
"Then you have a fall and it's back to square one."
He has appointments at the end of March in Brisbane with specialists for more x-rays and assessments.
Nathan's previous workplace, Schwartz Excavations, said when he was ready to go back to work they would have a job for him.
He has also received worker's compensation, and the Rockhampton Jockey Club has raised more than $20,000 to help him.
The Jockey Association in Brisbane has also provided financial assistance.
He said he was very grateful for everyone's support, particularly his friend Clint Garland who sat by his side for two days while he was in intensive care.