Rodi Greene is facing a long battle back to fitness after suffering an early blow in his recovery process.
The 41-year-old weighing-room veteran displaced a bone in his neck after being unseated from Diamond Twister in a fall at Lingfield last week.
He was initially treated at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill before being transferred to St George’s in Tooting where doctors decided he did not require surgery.
Greene then moved to Salisbury Hospital on Monday but doctors there decided he would have to remain in bed for six weeks in order for his spine to recover.
“He was transferred to Salisbury Hospital on Monday,” explained Greene’s wife, Alison.
“While he was in Redhill, they put him in a wheelchair and he was able to wheel about a bit but when he got to Salisbury, the doctors told him he would have to be on his back for six weeks.
“They said his spinal cord was so badly bruised and traumatised that he needed to stay on his back. It could be less than six weeks, it depends how quickly he recovers, but that is the period they have told us so far.
“They described his spinal cord as like a stack of coins, which I thought was a good analogy, and basically the vertebrae, one of that stack, had pushed something like three millimetres out of place into the spinal cord behind.
“He is completely elevated to eat but he can’t sit up by himself or anything like that.
“The physiotherapists have been working on his hands as his arms are obviously not that good right now, but he can feel sensations and move his right arm slightly and his left is better, although still a bit jerky.
“Basically the messages from his brain to his arms are just a bit blurry at the moment.
“The physios can’t do much else for him until he has recovered a bit more and it’s just a matter of time.
“The spinal unit at Salisbury is brilliant, they know people could be in there for a long time and it’s really well set up for them. Although I can’t get there every day as it’s a two-hour drive, I went with the children last night and Rod was OK.
“I know he would love for some of his friends to drop in to see him. Racing is such a tight-knit community and I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and well-wishes over the last few days.”