Leah Kilner is in PA Hospital Brisbane

Popular apprentice Leah Kilner has a long road to recovery, but there are signs of hope after a major medical update, a week after her shocking fall in Grafton.

Jockey Leah Kilner has had her breathing tube removed and will leave the intensive care unit at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, a week after her shocking fall at Grafton which saw her in an induced coma since the crash.

Kilner manager Brad Glendenning has confirmed the decision, saying the 24-year-old apprentice will be moved to the high-dependency ward in the coming hours as she seeks to recover from the serious injuries sustained.

Doctors are gradually removing Kilner from sedation as they assess any potential head injuries.

“Leah’s breathing tube has been removed and she will be discharged from the intensive care unit and headed to the high-addiction ward,” Glendenning said.

“She will be watched closely during this time.

“This is great news for Leah as this is another milestone that this brave and strong girl has overcome.

“It’s a long road that we know of course, but it’s a road that she will overcome with all our support and love.”

There were signs of hope last week after the fall when Kilner shook hands with his mother when she briefly awoke from her induced coma.

Her father, trainer Greg Kilner, was in Doomben on Saturday with Leah’s boss Rob Heathcote to watch The Big Goodbye race, one of the apprentice’s favorite horses.

The large horse property lot presented the Kilner family with a collection of photos of Leah riding the horse before the race.

Originally posted as Leah Kilner leaves intensive care unit as breathing tube removed after shocking fall

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