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Stig Broeckx making huge progress one year after brain-damaging crash

Josh Cunningham
12 May 2017

After emerging from a coma, the Lotto-Soudal rider is now able to ride an indoor bike unsupported

In May last year, Stig Broeckx suffered a crash with a motorbike at the Baloise Belgium Tour. The brain damage that he suffered put the rider into a coma, and his team announced that he was in a vegetative state. 

However, after making progress throughout last year, Broeckx emerged from the coma in December, and in February Lotto-Soudal team director Marc Sargeant visited him in hospital, saying that the Belgian was able to converse with him. 

'He can not answer, but he understands everything,' Sargeant said at the time. 

On Wednesday 10th May it was Broeckx' 27th birthday, and soon after his family announced details of a significant and 'spectacular' improvement in Broeckx' recovery.

'Not only has he regained consciousness,' reads an update on Broeckx' fan page, 'he has also learned to breathe again independently, drink, eat, and talk.'

Broeckx is even back on a bike, using an indoor exercise bike as part of his rehab programme with rides of 30 minutes or more, and in the coming weeks it is expected he will be able to return home. 

Doctors remain unsure of how far exactly Broeckx can take his recovery, but - as the update says - 'almost everyone agrees that advances in recent months are amazing.'

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