Former Cabinet minister Owen Paterson has broken his back in a riding accident.
The Conservative MP for North Shropshire said he was "lucky not to have suffered more serious injury" after falling from a horse at the weekend, which left him with two broken vertebrae in his neck and one in his back.
Mr Paterson is being treated in a unit at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Shropshire, for which he "ironically" helped to raise money by taking part in a horse race described as the world's toughest.
He told the Shropshire Star newspaper:
Mr Paterson was on the board of the Institute of Orthopaedics and raised 60,000 for the unit where he is being treated after taking part in the Mongol Derby in 2011 with his wife, Rose.
Riders taking part in the 1000km Mongol Derby change horses every 40km as they make their way through the wilderness.
Mr Paterson is continuing to carry out some work from his hospital bed but it is not yet clear when he will be discharged.