Amy Pieters at the Simac Ladies Tour.

Amy Pieters will stay in an artificial coma for three more days

Pieters suffered a head injury while training in Spain

by Caley Fretz

Amy Pieters will be kept in an artificial coma in Alicante, Spain for an additional three days, according to her SD Worx team.

Pieters suffered a high-speed crash while training with the Dutch track program. The collision caused the 30-year-old Dutchwoman to lose consciousness. She was airlifted to the hospital and then underwent surgery on her head.

Medics initially indicated they would leave Pieters in a medically-induced coma for “a few days,” but that timeline has now been extended. A handful of select Dutch national team staff have stayed in Alicante with her, and family members have flown in to be by her side.

“The Spanish doctors in the hospital in Alicante have decided, in consultation with several Dutch doctors, to keep Amy Pieters in an artificial coma for at least three more days,” read a statement from the team. “The doctors emphasize that extra rest at this stage gives a better chance of recovery.”

Further assessment of Pieters’ condition will be impossible until she regains consciousness.

“The doctors will not be able to assess any damage until they have woken Pieters up. At the moment no further announcements can be made about the accident and we ask everyone to respect the privacy of those involved,” read SD Worx’s statement Monday. “Everyone at Team SD Worx is extremely upset and our thoughts are with Amy and her family.”

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