Marquee Barbadian jockey Patrick Husbands needs another surgery in order to make a full recovery from a broken pelvis suffered during a fall in Toronto last month.
The 45-year-old underwent a successful first surgery but told Barbados TODAY, that despite his improvement, there was a remaining issue which would require a small operation.
Also, Husbands said he was battling severe nerve pain in his leg which now needed to be corrected, and was due to have a consultation with doctors shortly.
“From the fall I still need to have surgery behind it. I still need one more surgery,” Husbands said in a telephone interview.
“I was looking forward to coming to Barbados on January 30th and now I have an appointment on the 26th of January to tell me the date of my next surgery. I was actually booked [to return home] the 18th of December but unfortunately, I fell down on the fifth of December so I changed my flight.
“So I have to wait and see what day they are going to schedule the operation. There are two things that I am battling with — the nerve and the operation. The operation is not a big operation. They told me that in a month’s time I am good to go.”
He added: “It is just when I entered the hospital there was a little error that should have been dealt with and I just get an extra month on me because of that. It is unfortunate I have to go back for another surgery and I just have to wait on the date.
“But things do happen — no one is perfect. If they [had gotten] the diagnosis right, I would not have to go back for the surgery.”
Husbands is Barbados’ most celebrated jockey and one of the leading riders at Woodbine racetrack – Canada’s most prestigious oval.
However, his season this year was cut short when he was thrown by three-year-old filly Islay Inlet in the parade ring, resulting in the injury.
Husbands said he was now faced with severe nerve pain which doctors were trying to address.
“The [first] surgery, everything went smooth, everything went well. I only have two small problems. The left side there is a muscle … I have to go on Monday to get it diagnosed,” Husbands said.
“This muscle is very painful so they have me on a lot of medication — plenty medication. Since the five to six weeks with my injury, last week is the first week that I got any sleep since the fall, due to the fact that [I] have this nerve that is bothering me down my leg.”
Husbands said he has had difficulty sleeping and in the 28 days he was at Sunny Brook Hospital following his injury, he had hardly slept because of the nerve pain.
“That pain was quite severe. I went over to West Point Recovery Home and the first three days they kept me from 9 am to 3 pm. I had to deal with no sleep the rest of the days. I was there for three weeks. Last week Monday, they got it figured out and I got to sleep,” he explained.
He continued: “At the end of the day, it is just this nerve that has me. I have to go on Monday for them to figure out what kind of nerve it is and so on. I had two visits which is one visit today (Thursday).
“The visit today did not go to well. The visit today I thought it was the prep for the surgery so when I went back he told me to come back on the 26th of January and they will prep me for the surgery.
“Which means on the 26th they will run through my body and put me [through] all kinds of tests and then they would tell me what time to come back for the surgery.”
Nevertheless, the champion jockey said that he was anxious to return to the irons.
“I cannot wait to get back riding. This is all I know; this is all I love; this is all I do. Sitting in a room and looking at the ceiling and you cannot sit on a horse, is very hurtful,” he said.
Husbands assured his fans, however, that he would be back in action for the start of the new Woodbine season in April next year.
“I would just like to say to all of my fans throughout the whole world to not worry. [I] will be back at opening day at Woodbine Racetrack and it is only these little issues in my off-season and it is amazing how it ended,” he said.
“I prayed to God that I would not like to be crippled. I had this feeling from God that if I moved my toes, I would have been cripple. I know a lot of riders in the 34 years I was riding that have gotten crippled. The Lord was there with me and he did not want to cripple me.”
Husbands is one of the most successful jockeys in the history of Woodbine, with 3 285 victories and nearly CAN$160 million in winnings.
He was the last jockey to win the fabled Triple Crown in 2003 with the legendary Wando, and was also good enough to win the Queen’s Plate four years ago with Lexie Lou.