Michelle Payne’s heartbreaking loss after falling from horse

Michelle Payne made history last year when she became the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup race, but now
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Michelle Payne made history last year when she became the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup race, but now that memory has been taken away from her in a devastating turn of events.

Michelle suffered a serious fall from her horse last month and was airlifted to hospital where she underwent surgery for her pancreas.

Now, Michelle has revealed that she can’t remember winning the Melbourne Cup anymore as she hit her head when she fell and lost all memory of that once-in-a-lifetime moment.

“I must have got knocked out and when I did come to in the ambulance, I couldn’t remember winning the Melbourne Cup and I had to Google it,” she told radio station RSN.

“I remember falling and I remember thinking I held on too long … I was too far gone and around the horse’s neck, which put me in a position to fall underneath her and she did run over me.”

The champion racer was only released from hospital on Wednesday after undergoing surgery for her pancreas, which was split in the fall when her horse trampled her.

Michelle could have spent the rest of her life as a diabetic had it not been for the surgery to prevent that from occurring.

She said her surgeon saved three quarters of the severed organ, sewing it to her stomach.

“Provided it takes, it should be fine for the rest of my life. So very grateful to him for saving me a lot of hassle being a diabetic for the rest of my life,” she said.

There are hopes her memory of her magnificent win will return to her one day, but doctors cannot say for sure whether or not this will happen.

Join us in wishing Michelle a speedy recovery and another Melbourne Cup win in her future!

Did you watch the Melbourne Cup when Michelle won last year? Do you have a message of support for her?

  1. Naan  

    Dear Michelle
    Glad to hear you have recovered from the devasting injury to your pancreas.

    Your achievements on the track have been sensational with women of all ages have been cheering you.

    Give up racing on the track,you are young and and have your whole other life ahead of you. If you can’t remember an incident now you have hurt your brain. You only have one of them! If you expose yourself to another concussion /TBI you will not have the capacity to recover as you do now. I know- I have a TBI AND IT HAS RUINED MY LIFE.

    These words are said with the benefit of hindsight. Please use it as a warning sent with love.

    Take it easy.

    Xxxxxx

  2. john  

    Michelle is such a Great rider one day she will Win another Cup just to prove she won her first.

  3. ellen Livori  

    Michelle, You were lucky God was watching over you!! He may have something special for you in mind… Just ASK HIM. I do remember your special day..

  4. Helen R. Chalson  

    All the best Michelle. Look after yourself. For you & your family. X

  5. Shirley Ploeg  

    YOU CAN BE SURE MICHELLE THAT “YOU DID IT”
    YOU WON THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS RACE, THE MELBOURNE CUP
    SO PROUD OF YOU, YOU WERE AN INSPIRATION FOR ALL WOMEN. AS YOU SAID IN A MANS WORLD.
    YOURE BROTHER YOURE STRAPPER WAS SO PROUD OF YOU HE WAS BEAMING.
    WE WISH YOU WELL AND RECOVER TO RIDE AGAIN.
    ALL OUR GOOD WISHES ARE WITH YOU.

  6. Kath  

    Best Wishes for speedy and full recovery, Michelle. Wow such a beautiful young lady and we all love you xxxx

    • elena  

      Hopefully no more horses are exploited and killed by the so called humans….

  7. elena  

    I cannot remember the incident but I hope the horse in question didn’t get injured then. Humans (..?) are attended when racing on a vulnerable being to make money and get hurt but injured horses are just shoot by humans (?)

  8. It is such a relief to hear you are doing well. Take heart your memory will return – I had a car accident and it took years for everything to come back – but it did. Don’t rush it, relax into it and things will pop into your head all of a sudden you will remember something more. I am pleased you do not have to be diabetic, that is not a good life. As for riding my girl, is it worth the risk? only you can answer that one, it is your life and your destiny. Good luck and Good fortune and my your health come out on top.

  9. ann  

    Hi Michelle, just wanted to wish you a very speedy recovery you are an inspiration to all. I have just finished reading your book its great. Take care, wishing you and your amazing family all the very best…xxxAnnG..

  10. Sue Waters  

    Michelle, the love you have for horses is just wonderful and please don’t let that fall stop that love. But on the other hand please be very careful as you have a lovely long life to live and can do so much from now on. You are an inspiration to so many and that fall had our hearts in our mouth. I had an accident that stopped me from riding for life, but didn’t stop my love and this was passed down to my own daughters. Take care and a big hug for you and that gorgeous brother of yours and look after the most valuable thing we all have and that is our health x

  11. Ann Burke  

    Michelle I was there to Se you win the Melbourne Cup. And just like this momentous day your mum was watching over you when you had this tragic fall recently.. I pray you have a seedy recovery and that in time you memory returns ro enable yo te relive rhis wonderful day

  12. Margaret Russell  

    Michelle – so many of us watched in awe as you won The Melbourne Cup & I was one of many who cried tears of joy and pride. A lifelong horse lover, rider and at one stage breeder, sadly I can no longer ride due to Diabetic complications and so I understand more than many, what the loss means to you… but I also rejoice in the fact that you were spared and know that there are also many more avenues open to you now… please find your preferred path and find happiness again – regards and love – Margaret Brisbane

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