Irish show jumper Kevin Babington suffered a catastrophic fall competing his grand prix partner Shorapur in the $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier at the Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton, New York, August 30. He was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital and then transferred to the New York University Langone Medical Center in Manhattan. Shorapur was not injured.
Kevin underwent a five-hour spine stabilization surgery to stabilize the bones in his neck on September 3. “He has suffered a complete injury to his cervical spine and today is to prevent him from living in a cervical collar,” said Kevin’s wife, Dianna Babington, in a Facebook post. After the surgery, an update from his sister-in-law Daun Imperatore stated, “It went well. The vertebrae were fused and his neck is stabilized. He is out of the collar and breathing on his own.” According to Facebook post from Daun, Kevin had an additional surgery on September 5 and his breathing is becoming stronger.
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Article written by: Amy K. Dragoo