Winning Melbourne Cup Jockey Michelle Payne Requires Surgery After Mildura Crash

The old adage says that if you fall off a horse, you should get right back on again.

While that is intended as advice on how to handle life’s challenges, in the world of reality, it is not always applicable, as 2015 Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne would readily verify.

Payne fell off a horse while racing at Mildura Monday past and was hospitalized at the local facility prior to being transferred to Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. Tests conducted there on Tuesday led to the conclusion that surgery was the best course of action. The procedure went smoothly and according to Victorian Jockeys’ Association spokesman Des O’Keefe, Payne will remain in the hospital for a week, possibly longer.

No word yet as to what the surgery entailed, but Payne remains heavily sedated in order to manage the acute pain. It means that she will not be riding at Ascot in England or Europe in the upcoming months, if fact, she will not be riding anywhere for some time.

Payne was lucid enough to tweet a photo of the incision that was necessary to perform the surgery, which judging from the size, could have been anything from a serious muscular repair, damage to a vital internal organ, or serious internal bleeding.

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