Boeckmans remains in induced coma nine days after Vuelta crash

Belgian rider Kris Boeckmans suffered numerous severe injuries in a crash on stage eight of the Vuelta a Espa a and remains in a medically induced coma

Boeckmans Remains In Induced Coma Nine Days After Vuelta Crash

Kris Boeckmans (middle) at Nokere Koerse 2015

Lotto-Soudal rider Kris Boeckmans remains in an induced coma in intensive care, nine days after a crash at the Vuelta a Espa a1 left him with a multitude of severe injuries. Boeckmans, winner of both the Tour de Picardie and World Ports Classic this season, suffered facial trauma, a concussion, three broken ribs and bleeding of the lung, among other injuries, in the stage eight crash that also knocked Dan Martin and Tejay van Garderen out2 of the race. Doctors at the hospital in Murcia decided on September 13 to keep Boeckmans in the medically induced coma for at least a week as his injuries made it too difficult for him to breathe on his own.

Lotto-Soudal team doctor Servaas Bing said that while Boeckmans condition continues to improve, his injuries will take a long time to heal.

Since yesterday we were able to stop the ECMO treatment. This is a device that can replace the lungs by extracting poorly oxygenized blood from the body and injecting oxygen rich blood, Bing said.

In the way the lung can heal without the other body tissues restricted from oxygen. The drainage of the lungs was also removed. Kris stays on ventilation support through a tracheal cannula though. In the next days they will see when the induced coma can be diminished.

Therefore we need stable blood gasses of course.

We still have to deal with a polytrauma patient, whose injuries will take a long time to heal, but we hope to see that Kris condition will improve day by day.

References

  1. ^ Kris Boeckmans in coma after Vuelta a Espa a crash (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tejay van Garderen out of Vuelta a Espa a as Jasper Stuyven wins stage eight (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Kris Boeckmans to be kept in induced coma for the next week (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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