Young Irish Jockey Loses Foot after Motorbike Accident on Koh Samui
KOH SAMUI – British National Brendan McDonagh, 23, had his right foot amputated following the accident on the holiday island of Koh Samui in Thailand.
Brendan McDonagh was enjoying the short break in Koh Samui after spending two years as a work rider in Australia.
He had stopped off in Thailand for the holiday on his way back home to Ireland to resume his riding career.
Brendan had hired a motorbike on Koh Samui and was riding it when he was involved in the accident over the weekend. He was rushed to a local hospital with severe injuries and needed emergency surgery.
Doctors were unable to save his right foot and have also operated on a severely broken right arm and damaged shoulder.
He sustained nerve damage to his right side and also has a significant injury to his jaw.
Since the accident he has been heavily medicated to deal with the pain arising from his injuries.
His girlfriend and a number of friends from Moycullen with whom he met up in Thailand have been with him at the hospital.
Today, his brother Gerry and friend Tim Bohan flew out to be at his bedside in Koh Samui.
The Irish Consulate in Bangkok is liaising with the McDonagh family.
A fundraising campaign is already under way to help him cope with the medical and related expenses. Donations can be made to the Brendan McDonagh Go fund me page.
A number of fundraising events are also being planned for the Moycullen and wider Galway area over the next few weeks.
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