Wednesday 22 June 2011

Mauricio Soler update 3

Mauricio Soler, the 28-year-old Columbian professional cyclist who was in second place in the Tour de Suisse until a horrific crash left him with serious brain injuries, is now "out of danger" says English language

Soler, who races for the Movistar team alongside well-known riders such as David Lopez and Jose Joaquin Rojas who finished the race in 44th place overall, sustained multiple skull fractures and haematomas when he hit a raised kerb, causing him to strike a spectator and be thrown against a metal fence. The spectator was uninjured, but Soler was placed in a medically-induced coma due to the severity of his injuries.

Team doctor Alfredo Zuniga says the rider was woken from his coma on Monday but remains in intensive care where tests appear to show no indication of spinal damage. There is also no sign of intracranial pressue, but further tests will be required to establish whether or not he has suffered neurological damage.

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