Following a horrific crash at the finishing line of the first stage of the 77th Tour de Pologne in Katowice, Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen underwent a 5-hour-long surgical operation at St Barbara Hospital in Sosnowiec, resulting in his condition being stabilised.
Doctors have reported that the man’s condition was severe but stable and that there was no immediate threat to his life.
“Currently he is in the intensive care ward and his condition is stable. His blood pressure is regulated naturally. Obviously he is ventilated due to the anaesthetic that he received in the operating department,” deputy head of the hospital Paweł Gruenpeter said, adding that “an attempt at bringing him round from the coma will be undertaken today. That’s when his overall state of health can be assessed.”
According to the physician, the Dutchman suffered serious injuries to his facial skeleton, namely the areas around the eyesockets and mandible. “Fortunately the eyeballs were not hurt,” Mr Gruenpeter said, adding that earlier tomographic examination had not shown any potential brain damage. The doctor went on saying that the cyclist’s chest suffered from contusions, albeit his spine was not damaged.
“The clinical symptoms may still change,” the doctor stressed.
A team of anaesthesiologists, mandible surgeons and laryngologists began the 5-hour-long operation on the turn of Wednesday and Thursday. Mr Gruenpeter dubbed it “very complex due to the facial skeleton injuries.”
Another cyclist who was hospitalised at the Sosnowiec hospital as a result of the crash had suffered a broken arm. Medical prognosis for his further treatment was optimistic, doctors said.