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Sport 'Impossible to estimate' when BMX star Jelle van Gorkom might wake from coma

02:50  14 january  2018
02:50  14 january  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

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A statement on the KNWU website read: "J elle van Gorkom is no longer receiving sleep medication. That means that he now has to wake up from his coma on his own. Holland's BMX team coach Bas de Bever said: "The thoughts of the national squad are with Jelle , his girlfriend and his family.

Olympic BMX medallist Jelle van Gorkom has been taken off sleep medication, but Dutch cycling officials say it is " impossible to estimate " how long it will take for him to awake from a coma .

Dutch BMX rider Jelle van Gorkom suffered serious injuries in a crash during training: BMX Supercross World Cup - Round Two - Day One - National Cycling Centre © PA ARCHIVE IMAGES BMX Supercross World Cup - Round Two - Day One - National Cycling Centre

Dutch cycling officials believe it is "impossible to estimate" when BMX Olympic medallist Jelle van Gorkom will awake from a coma following an accident in training.

Van Gorkom, who won silver at the Rio Games last summer, sustained broken ribs, a fracture to his face, a tear in his skull as well as damage to the liver, spleen and kidneys during an accident at the beginning of training on Friday in Papendal, the Royal Dutch Cycling Union (KNWU) confirmed.

The 27-year-old is no longer being given medication to keep him asleep, but it remains to be seen just when the Dutchman will regain consciousness.

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Olympic BMX medallist Jelle van Gorkom has been taken off sleep medication, but Dutch cycling officials say it is " impossible to estimate " how long it will take for him to awake from a coma .

^ "' Impossible to estimate ' when BMX rider will wake from coma ". BBC Sport. 13 January 2018. ^ " Jelle van Gorkom on long road to recovery after waking up from coma ". The Straits Times.

A statement on the KNWU website read: "Jelle van Gorkom is no longer receiving sleep medication. That means that he now has to wake up from his coma on his own. How long this will take is currently impossible to estimate.

"Van Gorkom responds to stimuli and his body shows recovery. However, there are concerns about the impact of the accident on his brain. The doctors cannot make any statements about this at this stage."

Holland's BMX team coach Bas de Bever said: "The thoughts of the national squad are with Jelle, his girlfriend and his family. Let us now give them peace and privacy."

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