MADRID, Jan. 26 (.) –
Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal, from Team INEOS-Grenadiers, is “conscious and with mobility in all four extremities” after undergoing surgery on Tuesday for the injuries sustained during his accident while training.
The winner of the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia underwent “successful” surgery on his spine and several fractures in the femur and patella and was sent to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with assisted breathing, where his evolution is being correct.
“As the hours have passed, the patient has had an excellent response to treatment and inotropy doses have been decreased. After noon, the patient adequately tolerated the extubation protocol without any complications. At this time, he is conscious , with mobility in all four extremities”, explained the last medical part of the University Clinic of La Sabana where the winner of the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia is admitted.
Bernal had to go through the operating room to undergo several operations, including “osteosynthesis of a right subtrochanteric comminuted femur fracture”, “osteosynthesis of an ipsilateral open fracture of the patella” and a “thoracostomy with drainage due to hemopneumothorax secondary to trauma thoracic”.
However, the most complicated came hours later, a thoracic spine surgery to reduce “a dislocation from level T5 to T6 with traumatic disc herniation.” “Under constant intraoperative monitoring of evoked potentials, instrumentation was achieved from T3 to T8, maintaining intact neurological integrity and preserving the functionality of the segments involved,” the hospital explained.
The Colombian cyclist was receiving ventilatory, hemodynamic and inotropic support and the doctors reported that in the next few days they will begin treatment “for the infection and pulmonary contusion.”