There has been some positive news regarding Kris Boeckmans’ condition following his crash on Saturday’s eighth stage of the Vuelta a Espana. His team doctor has announced that he has not suffered any brain injuries, other than the concussion he incurred.

The Belgian was one of a large number of riders to come down in the massive crash and he later had to be placed in an induced coma.

Team doctor Servaas Bingé said: “A new CT scan showed that Kris didn’t have any brain injuries other than the severe concussion he incurred yesterday.”

“Further tests showed that apart from a bleeding in the lung Kris also had a pneumothorax, next to the facial fractures and three rib fractures that already were reported yesterday. To keep the lung injury under control a drain was introduced in the thorax yesterday evening. At the moment Kris is still in an induced coma.”

“From now on the sedative medication will be reduced gradually, so we can expect he’ll wake up within 24 to 48 hours. It’s too early to predict anything regarding the repatriation or any surgery. We assess the situation day by day.”


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