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Soler remains in ICU three weeks after crash

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Jul. 5, 2011
2007 Tour de France, Mauricio Soler. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Colombian climber Mauricio Soler remains in intensive care, but is no longer in a medically-induced coma nearly three weeks after his high-speed crash at the Tour de Suisse.

Team Movistar reports that Soler is breathing on his own and that doctors are considering to move him to his European homebase in Pamplona, Spain, but cautioned that his condition is far from ideal.

“His status is getting better very slowly, but he keeps taking small steps and the doctors are thinking of taking him out of the Intensive Care Unit,” said Movistar Team doctor Alfredo Zúñiga.

“He’s not into coma anymore, but is kept under a high drowsiness. He spends most of the time asleep, but when he has moments of lucidity, he obeys to easy orders. The checks over him still don’t remark on any injury at peripheral or medular levels, but this is something we can’t rule out at the moment. The lung problems are completely under control and he doesn’t need artificial respiration, he breathes by himself.

“The rest of his injuries are also going through a positive progress. It’s going to be a long, slow process yet, so some weeks can go by with no major news.”

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