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Cycling world champion regains consciousness after a four-month coma after a fall

Three-time Madison World Champion Amy Pieters was left in a coma after a bad fall while training in Spain in December

Dutch duo Amy Pieters and Kirsten Wild won gold at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in October 2021
Dutch duo Amy Pieters and Kirsten Wild won gold at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in October 2021

World cycling champion Amy Pieters has reportedly regained consciousness after being placed in an induced coma following a training crash in December.

Pieters, the three-time Madison World Champion, suffered a horrific fall while training in Spain over the holidays. The 30-year-old was immediately put into a coma after doctors performed emergency surgery.

The accident happened on December 23, 2021 and the Dutch woman was hospitalized as doctors tried to relieve the pressure on her brain. Pieters was then transported to a hospital in her native Netherlands in January, where she has remained in the care of specialists.

On Thursday, doctors said her condition had improved slightly, but they were still unsure of the long-term effects of the injury on her brain. Her team, SD Worx, announced that Pieters had regained consciousness.

“She can easily communicate non-verbally,” SD Worx said in one Explanation. “Amy recognizes people, understands what is being said and is able to do more and more tasks.

“Doctors cannot yet say what residual symptoms and remaining abilities Amy will have as a result of the brain injury.”

Pieters won the Madison at the 2019, 2020 and 2021 World Championships alongside Kirsten Wild. After winning three consecutive world titles, she missed out on an Olympic medal at the Tokyo Games when she finished fourth.







Amy Pieters was training with SD Worx in Spain when she suffered her horrific fall
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After the horrific crash, Pieters was flown to Alicante hospital where she was placed in a medically induced coma. Shortly after the champion was transferred to the Netherlands, SD Worx confirmed that she was breathing on her own, the sedation had expired and her situation was stable but unchanged.

In late January, SD Worx announced that Pieters had been transferred from intensive care to an inpatient unit to continue her treatment and recovery under the care of neurosurgeon and neurotrauma specialist Professor Wilco Peul.

“Since mid-February, Amy Pieters has been completing a specialized intensive neurorehabilitation program at one of the member institutions of the EENnacoma network,” SD Worx wrote in a previous update. “This facility is working to ensure an appropriate continuation of the rehabilitation process.

“The family appreciates the great sympathy, but also asks everyone to respect the privacy of those involved.”

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