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by Shane Stokes
May 12, 2017
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In an update coming after his 27th birthday on Wednesday, the parents of Belgian rider Stig Broeckx have said that he is continuing to make progress and is now spending more and more time exercising on an indoor bike as part of his recovery.
The Lotto-Soudal rider was hit by a motorbike on May 28 last year during the fourth stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour. His head injuries put him in a coma and his team said last June that he had severe brain injuries and he was in a vegetative state. However Broeckx continued to improve and emerged from the coma last December.
In February team manager Marc Sergeant told Humo that he visited him in his rehabilitation facility and was amazed by his progress. He said that while he couldn’t respond to conversations, that he can understood what is being said. It appears he has moved on considerably since then. In a statement on his fan club website, his family said that he has made ‘spectacular progress.’
“Not only did he get conscious again, he also learned to breathe independently, drink, eat, talk. It is not surprising that Stig is very happy that he can already ride the gym in the rehabilitation center. In doing so, he even dares to act by resetting the 30-minute period by the end of the session so that he can still ride for longer. He is very motivated to rehabilitate hard and looks forward to the hours in which he is allowed to sweat.”
The statement says that doctors cannot make forecasts at this point in time as to how far he will continue to progress. However it said that he hopes to return home in the coming weeks, although he will continue to undergo daily rehabilitation. “Almost everybody agrees that his progress in recent months is miraculous. The family now hopes, first of all, that he will be able to build an independent life again.”
Click through to read more at the Stig Broeckx fan page.