Dutch pro rider awake after four-month coma

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Amy is one of the star riders for SD Worx. (Photo: SD Worx)
Amy is one of the star riders for SD Worx. (Photo: SD Worx)

After four months in a coma, Dutch pro rider, Amy Pieters, is conscious and communicating. 

The SD Worx team rider suffered a terrible crash on 23 December, during a training ride with her Dutch track teammates, in Spain. She collided with a teammate near Calpe, crashing heavily, and was transferred to a local hospital in Alicante. 

Pieters is a Dutch national road racing champion, track riding World Champion and has competed at the Olympics. After crashing in December, she was placed in a medically induced coma. 

The extent of her injuries – remains unclear

Since awaking from her coma this week, Pieters has recognized staff and shown cognition to statements, although her communication remains non-verbal. The SD Worx teams released a short statement detailing her condition.

"The condition of Amy Pieters has changed. There is consciousness. This means that she can communicate slightly non-verbally. Amy recognizes people, understands what is being said, and is able to carry out more and more assignments. Doctors cannot yet say what residual symptoms and remaining abilities Amy Pieters will have as a result of the brain injury."

Amy is part of a Dutch cycling dynasty which includes her father, Peter (a former road pro), and brother Roy, who has also represented the Netherlands in professional track cycling. 

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