Meade begins rehab after breaking both elbows in fall
12:24pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Sport
LUCKINGTON eventer Harry Meade was released from hospital on Tuesday after breaking and dislocating both his elbows at the Wellington Horse Trials last week.
Meade’s fall follows swiftly on from the fatal injuries suffered by the 26-year-old Tom Gadsby in a similar ‘rotational’ fall on the cross-country course at Somerford Park Horse Trials the previous week.
And it came at the same Wellington trials where GB international Laura Collett returned to competition after suffering serious crush injuries — including lung and liver damage — in a rotational fall at Tweseldown in early July.
Membury-based eventer Collett made a winning return when taking the open intermediate section on Noble Bestman. Harry was riding Shannondale Santiago, who won an open intermediate section at Bicton Arena last month. It was the gelding’s first advanced competition.
Harry’s Twitter feed reported that he had suffered ‘no injuries to his head, neck or any internal organs’.
Meade’s website revealed that his latest operation at Basingstoke Hospital lasted three hours.
Both elbows have been plated and screwed and the damaged ligaments have been reconstructed. Fortunately, there was no nerve damage and no need to use an artificial joint which would have had serious long-term drawbacks.
Meade is continuing his recuperation at the home of his wife Rosie’s parents in Northleach.