Cyclist in a coma after crash

2009-08-22 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG professional cyclist has been put into an induced coma in hospital after his neck was broken and his spine was cracked in a cycling accident.

Alex Young (65) is in a critical but stable condition at St Anne’s Hospital where he was admitted a week ago after he crashed on his mountain bike. He underwent a six-hour operation and according to his wife, Julie, the doctors are happy with his condition. “His neurosurgen said he is winning the battle. Medical staff at the hospital have been marvellous,” she said.

Young is paralysed from the chest down and can only move his arms, which helped him to call his wife, Julie on the day of the accident. He was cycling on Les van Dyk Road, a gravel road near Darville water works, when the tragic accident happened.

“He hit a barbed wire fence, somersaulted over the handlebars, and landed on his back. He fell on his head and rolled on his back.”

After the crash (which happened on Thursday, August 13) Young called his wife, who immediately called an ambulance. With his 15 years of cycling experience and running the Comrades Marathon, Young’s wife believes her husband will make good progress.

“He is a good athlete and we are hoping his fitness will pull him through this.”

Young has been a member of the Berg Wheel Cycling Club (BWCC) for more than eight years.

BWCC secretary Jill Edwardes said club members are praying for Young.

Young participated in the Belgotex Super Classic in 2007, He started mountain biking about three years ago.

He will probably be transferred to Entabeni Hospital for rehabilitation after he regains consciousness.

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