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June 8, 2016
Photography by Anthony Fitzhenry
The mother of Keagan Girdlestone, the 19 year old South African rider who crashed and almost died in a race crash on Sunday, has said that her son is fighting hard to survive.
“He’s a fighter‚” Desere Girdlestone told TMG Digital on Monday morning. “He has to win the biggest challenge of his life now.
“The latest is that he had surgery – was in recovery and still critical.”
She added that her son had “lost a lot of blood”.
“He’s fighting for his life right now. We’re waiting for another update this morning.”
Fortunately the latest news on the Team Dimension Data development team rider is encouraging. An update on his Facebook page on Tuesday said that he was no longer in critical danger. This is that update:
“Some good news emerging from Rimini, Italy with Keagan’s physician confirming that Keagan is now “stable and there is no immediate threat to life.”
It was also noted that Keagan was off a ventilator (assisted breathing) for a period this morning while undergoing scans. This time he spent off a ventilator shows he is now able to breathe on his own. Once back on the ward ventilation was resumed to assist him as he recovers.
While his immediate situation has improved, there are many more hurdles ahead.
Once again, the family would like to thank all for their kind words and encouragement.
His family have gone through a brutal ordeal since he crashed in the Coppa della Pace race in Italy on Sunday. This was both because of his injuries, which understandably caused them serious concern, but also because of inaccurate press and social media reports stating that he had not survived.
His mother spoke about that to TMG Digital, voicing the family’s pain.
“To say we were gutted to read reports on social media about his passing is an understatement‚” she stated.
“We just had to believe that it was not true and wait for official news from his team. Who started the rumour or thought it their place to post it is beyond my comprehension.
“We are grateful for all the message of support and need all the prayers and positivity we can get for our boy.”