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UPDATE: Local horseman's condition improves following accident

The Courier is able to report an improvement in the condition of Wee Waa local Rhys Mortimer after he sustained serious head injuries in a horse riding accident on the weekend.

UPDATE: Local horseman's condition improves following accident

ABOVE: Balloons and flowers have flooded in since the accident at the weekend. (Photo: Facebook

UPDATE:

Recovering Wee Waa polocrosse player Rhys Mortimer has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit at John Hunter hospital in Newcastle.

"Thanks everyone for the well wishes, balloons and flowers," a family member has posted on social media.

"Squark (Rhys) Mortimer has just moved out of ICU into a ward."

Mr Mortimer sustained serious head injuries in a horse riding accident on the weekend, which resulted in the 17-year-old being placed in an induced coma and airlifted to Newcastle by Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

The Courier is able to report an improvement in the condition of Wee Waa local Rhys Mortimer after he sustained serious head injuries in a horse riding accident on the weekend.

This morning he remains in the Intensive Care Unit at the Newcastle John Hunter hospital but is now showing signs of responsiveness.

The accident occurred mid-morning on Sunday and resulted in the 17-year-old male being placed in an induced coma and airlifted to Newcastle by Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

According to reports at the scene of the weekend’s accident, Mr Mortimer was ‘crushed’ by his horse which had fallen on top of him at high-speed during a polocrosse match.

He was immediately attended to by an on-site paramedic and three local ambulances also attended soon after.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter arrived within an hour of the accident and transferred him to Newcastle.

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

A 17 year old male from Wee Waa was attended to by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and flown to Newcastle on Sunday following a horse riding accident on a property north east of Narrabri.

He had been competing in a local polocrosse carnival when a high speed collision occurred on the field.

He was immediately attended to by an on-site paramedic and a vet was called to attend to the horse involved.

Three local ambulances attended with the first arriving within 20 minutes of the accident.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter arrived within an hour.

Emergency personnel worked to stabilise the patient who suffered suspected head and internal injuries as a result of the accident.

He was placed in an induced coma before being airlifted to Newcastle.

He remains in an induced coma this morning and is currently in a serious but stable condition.