Jockey Laurent Beaucamp was severely injured in a fall at Monmouth Park on Sept. 5, 2016. The 41-year-old French native made a move up the inside rail on the turf course aboard Irresistible Me, but the horse appeared to bounce off of the temporary rail, then to attempt to jump it. The move unseated Beaucamp, throwing him forcefully into the ground.
Beaucamp's injuries, according to girlfriend Pamela Miller, included several fractured vertebrae in his spine and neck, shearing of the spinal cord, fractured ribs, bilateral flail chest (parts of his rib cage broke away from the chest wall, requiring metal plates to stabilize), a punctured lung, lacerated liver, and a badly broken left arm. He underwent a number of surgeries to stabilize his spine and his rib cage, repair his liver, remove a part of his lung, and to install screws in his left arm.
The spinal injuries have proven to be the most pressing, said Miller. Even though Beaucamp did not experience any interruption along his spinal cord, he has not yet regained the use of his legs. The odds are 50/50 that Beaucamp will be able to walk again.
“If you gave him a 1 percent chance, he would fight,” Miller said. “He's such a fighter.”
Last Tuesday, Beaucamp traveled home to France to begin rehabilitative therapy to regain the use of his legs. He is expected to undergo in-patient therapy at the facility near Le Mans for several months, and will be transferred to out-patient when possible.
“Things are going well, Laurent is especially enjoying the food,” wrote Miller on Facebook.
Beaucamp first rode in the United States from 2008 to 2013. He returned in 2016 and was galloping at Monmouth in the mornings for Lupe Preciado, trainer of Irresistible Me.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Beaucamp's ongoing medical expenses, and Miller is especially grateful for the support he has received thus far from the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund.
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