Egan Bernal, the former Tour De France winner met a horrific accident this week and was admitted into the hospital due to his severe injuries. He underwent successful spinal surgery, along with operations on his kneecap and fractured femur, as reported, he is in stable condition now.
The surgery was indeed complex, as surgeons from the Clinica Universidad de La Sabana worked on the rider’s thoracic section of the spine. Although he is no longer in danger, precaution is still advised. If the injuries were much more severe or if he were admitted late then Bernal could have suffered permanent damage to his spine.
An official statement from the Hospital is as follows,
The neurosurgery team carried out a reduction of a displaced fracture from the T5 [vertebra] to the T6 [vertebra] with a traumatic herniated disc.
Under constant monitoring for nervous system activity, a tool was put in place from the T3 to the T8, maintaining neurological integrity and conserving the functionality of the segments involved.
This is not all the complexity though, before the neurosurgery, Bernal also went through orthopedic surgery. In order to drain all fluid and blood, he also went through a thoracostomy to cope with the chest trauma.
An official statement from Ineos Grenadiers provided updates on Bernal and also thanked the staff of Clinica Universidad de La Sabana.
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Due to the nature of his surgery and healing period, Egan Bernal will remain in intensive care for at least three days, it is safe to say that he will be missing his upcoming season but we wish him a very speedy recovery.
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