Silva Martin in “Deep Sleep” As Doctors Wait for Body to Heal After Fall–Boyd Martin

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Silva Martin and George Morris after her Prix St. Georges ride on Rosa Cha W at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2014 Hans-Georg Linsenmeyer
Silva Martin and George Morris after her Prix St. Georges ride on Rosa Cha W at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2014 Hans-Georg Linsenmeyer

DELRAY BEACH, Florida, Mar. 6, 2014–Silva Martin is in a “deep sleep” as, Boyd Martin, her husband, reported Thursday doctors hope the United States dressage team rider will slowly recover from the effects of a fall from a horse.

Boyd drove from the Red Hills event near Tallahassee in the Florida Panhandle to be with Silva at the Delray Memorial Hospital where she was helicoptered after the fall while riding in Wellington where she had been competing for the past several weeks.

“So far,” said the Australian-born eventer who now rides for the U.S., “CT scans show some bleeding on her brain, which remains stable scan after scan. Doctors are opting not to do surgery at this time in hopes that Silva’s body reabsorbs the blood.

“At the moment the doctors are hoping that slowly but surely she will come back to her senses as her body heals from the injury. Her current condition is a deep sleep, and doctors expect that it will take a few days for her to be more responsive and alert.”

Boyd made a point of thanking the thousands of well-wishers who have kept Silva in their thoughts and prayers.

The German-born Silva, 33, and Boyd are based in Cochranville, Pennsylvania. She is both popular and highly respected.

Since the accident of Courtney King-Dye four years ago this month, Silva has worn her helmet every day.

Doctors, he said, “assured us that if she hadn’t had her helmet on in this instance the conversation we’d be having would be extremely different.”

Boyd made it back to the Red Hills CIC3* for the competition and, with no sleep, rode Trading Aces to second place. Both of his horses were in the top 10.