Leah Kilner’s proud father spoke of his daughter’s miraculous recovery and shared what her first words were when she woke up from her coma.
Leah Kilner’s proud father called her inspiring recovery nothing less than a miracle and revealed what her first words were when she woke up from her coma.
Greg Kilner, a coach from Grafton in northern New South Wales, told News Corp of his family’s incredible relief when medical staff removed his daughter’s breathing tubes and she also began to recognize those around her.
He said that Leah’s first words when she woke up from her coma were, “Don’t give up the horses.”
Greg Kilner explained, “Leah must have thought I was going to quit training because of all this, and she didn’t want me to.
“It’s incredible how she survived, it’s really a miracle, if you saw her in the first couple of days, it would be just heartbreaking.
“When she was transferred from intensive care to the (hospital) ward, she took the TV, scrolled through the channels and pasted it directly to Racing.com, sat down and started watching the races.
“Now she recognizes everyone and knows what is going on.
“She knows everything. This is amazing”.
Greg Kilner said medical professionals have advised them to perform further cognitive scans over the next few days on his daughter, a highly talented Brisbane jockey apprentice.
But it turned out that she came out of the woods, although she could still face a couple more months in the hospital.
“Leah is still very sleepy as she has severe pain in her shoulder where she broke her collarbone and a couple of ribs,” said Greg Kilner.
“She needs to get a (cognitive) scan when she gets a little better, but I think they are very pleased with her progress.
“She hasn’t asked what happened yet.”
Leah Kilner’s incredible road to recovery has been encouraging for the Australian racing community, which has been rocked by the jockey’s three shocking falls last week.
The first sign of hope was when Kilner squeezed his mom’s hand as she briefly awoke from an induced coma last week.
The good progress continued, with Kilner leaving the intensive care unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane on Sunday, a week after her fall in Grafton.
Greg Kilner says there were incredibly troubling times in the days after the fall, when the family wasn’t even sure if the talented young apprentice would survive.
“We didn’t know from the start what was going to happen, which way she was going to go,” said Greg Kilner.
“But now I’m sure she’ll get through it all, even though it’s still going to take a long time.
“She could still be in the hospital for a couple of months, you wouldn’t know that.”
It’s still too early to tell if Kilner will ever skate again.
But Greg Kilner says he would like to convince his daughter to take up another profession.
Leah Kilner was destined to be a jockey.
Her last name is well known in the North Rivers region of New South Wales, as she is the daughter of jockey-turned-trainer Greg and the niece of die-hard racer Hunter Kilner.
Originally published as Jockey Leah Kilner makes incredible progress after shocking fall from race