Egan Bernal has provided an update on his condition four days after suffering a horror crash while training at home in Colombia.
“Having had a 95% chance of becoming a paraplegic and nearly losing my life doing what I love to do most,” Bernal wrote to his online followers. “Today I want to thank God, the Clínica Universidad de La Sabana, all the specialists for doing the impossible, my family, friends and all of you for your wishes. I’m still in the ICU waiting for more surgeries but trusting in God everything will be fine.”
The 2019 Tour de France champion has been in the ICU since Monday January 24 after crashing into a parked bus while training on his time trial bike. He was rushed into emergency surgery to stabilise his spine, the first of a number of operations to treat a daunting list of traumatic injuries.
The extent of his spinal injury generated serious concerns as to the 25-year-old’s future, but the picture became more optimistic when a couple of days after surgery, it was reported that he was conscious, responsive and able to move all four limbs.
Bernal remains in ICU and is due to undergo a couple more minor surgeries on his face and hand fracture in the coming days.