TIPPERARY show jumper Kevin Babington is undergoing surgery today (Tuesday) following a spinal cord injury sustained in a fall at the Hampton Classic Horse Show in America last Friday, August 30th.
The 51-year-old was attended to by medics at the scene and was airlifted by helicopter from the showgrounds to Stony Brook University Hospital.
His wife Dianna has been keeping their friends and the wider show jumping community updated through social media. On Sunday, she posted an update to say Kevin had been transferred to New York University Langone Medical Center in Manhattan and confirmed his injured.
She thanked people for their message of support and said her family remain optimistic for a positive outcome. The couple are based in Pennsylvania and have two daughters, Gwyneth and Marielle.
Kevin is one of Ireland's top international horsemen and is one of the most popular and well regarded horsemen on the USA international circuit. He finished fourth individually at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games with Carling King.
A Facebook donate page has been set up to help with the medical costs. Click here to donate.
We send Kevin and his family every good wish at this time.