It’s been just over a week since the racing incident that landed Royce in Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool, where he remains in the Critical Care Unit (CCU). While the family have kept positive throughout, it’s been tough watching slight progress be made, only to be dealt another harsh blow of further complications. It’s the classic two steps forward, one step back scenario.
Monday’s planned surgery to his ribs was not proceeded with as the potential benefits did not match the stress it would have placed on Royce, given his overall health and other injuries still causing discomfort.
The other remaining operations on his clavicle, hip and ankle are also on hold as we keep him stable.
This is very much a game of patience, as we wait for Royce to repair himself sufficiently to move to the next step. We know his determination, so have faith it will happen eventually.
The plan over the next couple of days will be to gradually take him out of sedation, but he still won’t be able to communicate for some time yet as he remains in CCU for a few weeks.
The staff at Aintree have continued to provide amazing support throughout this tough journey, including giving Mum, Debbie birthday cake earlier in the week. Not the nicest place to spend a birthday, but I think everyone guessed her wish!
The doctors at Aintree recently made comment that they’ve never had a patient for whom they’ve received so many calls from fans asking how they were. Although being a comforting sentiment, unfortunately the hospital is unable to release information.
It’s likely that it may be a few weeks before there are any major developments as it is a long road, but we will keep people updated as news comes to hand.