MAKING PROGRESS: Zoe White, who is recovering from serious facial injuries in hospital, is determined to keep riding.
MAKING PROGRESS: Zoe White, who is recovering from serious facial injuries in hospital, is determined to keep riding. Chris Ison Rokchorse

Courageous jockey Zoe White says ‘I’ll not retire’

ROCKHAMPTON'S injured apprentice jockey Zoe White will not retire from racing despite her trainer Tim Cook urging her to consider doing so.

White is undergoing surgery and other medical procedures in the Brisbane Hospital after suffering serious facial and jaw injuries following a horrific fall in the last race at Thangool on Saturday afternoon.

The courageous jockey said she had unfinished business and would not contemplate retirement.

Tim admitted he wanted Zoe to retire from racing, but Zoe's response was an emphatic no.

"I sent her a text, saying 'how about we retire'," Tim confirmed.

"I have got unfinished business," came the text reply from Zoe.

"She said no to retirement," Tim added.

"In her mind she believes she will be right to ride again. That is barring any medical complications."

Tim added that at this stage there should be no medical complications, as the protégé of fallen jockey Carly-Mae Pye was making good progress in her recovery.

Tim told The Morning Bulletin yesterday that Zoe was up and about, on the phone and texting.

Tim flew to Brisbane overnight and will visit Zoe in the Brisbane Hospital today to confirm her condition, but reiterated that Zoe was well on her way to making a full recovery.

"Everything is positive," Tim said.

"Zoe is in good spirits; she has been on the phone and texting me.

"They cleaned Zoe up yesterday to give her a new set of teeth. She hasn't got many teeth left.

"They performed micro surgery on Sunday night to stitch up her face and that was a complete success.

"The fractures to her face haven't been plated yet. They are waiting for the swelling to go down.

"But her bottom jaw has been plated.

"They are also going to plate her palate as well.

"So there are still a few procedures to go.

"The doctors and specialists are hoping all the surgery and procedures will be completed by next week.

"The prognosis is that Zoe will make a full and complete recovery.

"It's great news."


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