LOXAHATCHEE, Fla.--Kevin Babington is making slow but sure progress with daily exercises that leave him exhausted, but he is now also looking forward to participating in a new therapy involving stem cells at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Babinton was paralyzed from the chest down in a fall at the Hampton Classic in 2019, and he has been working tirelessly, and often with great pain, ever since to regain some movement.
He bruised his spinal cord but did not sever it, giving him hope of someday being able to walk and perhaps even ride again.
He can now lift his right arm and almost touch his mouth, presumably meaning that he is close to being able to fed himself.
He can move several fingers and toes and can now move his left thumb.
Kevin's wife Dianna said a month ago that he has been getting some slight sensation a little bit lower in his abdomen and that also continues to improve a bit.
"THESE ARE small but positive signs that we are still moving forward with recovery," said Dianna. "Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers if you pray. He really is giving it everything."
Babington continues to coach his students and is now able to coach without using headsets as his voice has gotten stronger, but in most cases he does continue to use the headsets.
The house in Loxahatchee continues to be renovated to accommodate Babington's wheelchair, and the next project is to put in an automatic front door that would enable him to come and go as he pleases.
Dianna continues to ride and teach and both daughters are also competing.
Gwyneth competed in her first grand prix this past summer, riding Mark Q, a horse Kevin competed very successfully.
Babington is also a selector for the Irish show jumping team for this summer's Tokyo Olympics, so he watches grand prix online.
For the first year, there were a number of horse shows run for Babington's benefit, but with Covid, that has dried up.
However, they started a firm that makes bedding that has become very popular, with many of the exhibitors in the Wellington area now using it, so that helps to fund some of the huge costs of the therapy and house renovation.
This bedding is dust fee and more absorbent and also will be picked up for removal by a number of companies, a huge plus as many substances used for bedding are hard to get rid of.
For more information on that, go to Babington Bedding Alternative and Babington Feed Products.
Referrals to barns, your favorite feed store and orders all help Kevin immensely and improve the health, welfare and labor concerns in your barns.
Here are the best email and phone #’s: 215-767-9093 or www.babingtonmills.com.
To support Kevin, no matter how small the donation, send a check or go to The Babington Family Go Fund Me Campaign.
Please send checks to The Babington Family Trust PO Box 771 Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437.
Go to GoFundMe.com, put in Kevin Babington's name.
All funds donated through GoFundMe will be placed in a Special Needs Trust for the benefit of Kevin Babington, and a family Trust for the benefit of Gwyneth, Marielle and Dianna which will be overseen by Kevin's dear friend Colm McGuckian as Trustee.
Help Kevin continue his valiant and tenacious struggle to rebuild his life.
Again, please pass on your referrals, favorite feed store’s contact data and consider helping Kevin while helping yourself and placing orders.