Team doctor: cyclist Soler no longer in life-threatening condition
Columbian cyclist Juan Mauricio Soler is no longer in a life-threatening condition but will remain in the intensive care unit of a Swiss hospital for the time being, his team doctor said late Tuesday, DPA reported.
Doctor Alfredo Zuniga said on the Movistar team website that Soler is making small progress and is gradually being woken up from an induced coma. However, he said it was too early to say whether Soler will make a full recovery.
Soler fractured his skull and ankle, and suffered further injuries, in a crash during the Tour de Suisse event last week when he collided with a spectator and struck a fence.
"It can be said that the life-threatening has disappeared. He has begun to make light movements and tests seem to rule out spinal injury, although we should be aware of further studies," Zuniga said.
"Now we have to see the evolution of a possible neurological damage, a process in which we must be patient. The cerebral edema is subsiding, the intracranial pressure is declining and the development of pneumothorax is also positive. Mauricio is still in the intensive care unit and he will stay there for several days."