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Egan Bernal discharged from hospital two weeks after horror crash

The 2019 Tour de France winner left intensive care on Friday and will now continue his recovery at home

The reigning Giro d’Italia champion Egan Bernal has been discharged from hospital two weeks after he suffered 20 broken bones in a horror crash while training in Colombia. The Ineos Grenadiers rider only recently left intensive care after undergoing multiple surgeries on injuries sustained in a collision with a parked bus on 24 January.

The Clínica Universidad de La Sabana in Bogotá today announced that Bernal has left the hospital to continue his recovery and rehabilitation at home.

“At this time, the patient is in the third phase of the trauma, ready to begin his rehabilitation process. He has no complications and all his injuries are stable and in the process of recovery,” the hospital said.

“Due to the above, we are pleased to report that today the patient has been discharged, to continue his rehabilitation process with our institution on an outpatient basis.

“Today we give more meaning and strength to the words that we carry in our institution as a mission. With pride and hope we begin a new stage together with our athlete.”

> Egan Bernal looking to the future after successful final surgery

Bernal took to Instagram on Thursday to let his followers know that a final operation on the cervical section of his spine was successful.

The 25-year-old also listed his shocking injuries in the post, including almost 20 broken bones (11 ribs, femur, kneecap, multiple vertebrae, metacarpal and a thumb), perforations in both lungs, and a lost tooth, but said he was "grateful to God for putting me through this test."


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"I almost died, but you know what?" he wrote. "I am grateful to God for putting me through this test. It is the toughest race, but I have had a group of excellent people around me.

"Yesterday [Wednesday] I had my last major surgery and everything seems to have gone well. So now to recover and make this another... I'M BACK!! And let's rock."

Earlier in the week, Bernal revealed that he had almost died and that there had been a "95 per cent chance of becoming a paraplegic" after the crash. 

"Nearly losing my life doing what I love to do most. Today I want to thank God, and all the specialists at Clínica Universidad de La Sabana for doing the impossible, my family, my partner, friends and all of you for your wishes," he wrote on social media.

> Egan Bernal in intensive care following successful surgery on training crash injuries 

Bernal was training in his home country with a group of Ineos Grenadiers teammates, including Richard Carapaz, Dani Martinez and new signing Omar Fraile.

Although details about the crash remain limited, it is believed Bernal crashed his Pinarello time trial bike into the back of a parked bus at El Roble toll.

The incident came just days after the group narrowly avoided a head-on crash with a motorist overtaking another road user on a blind bend. 

Last week it was confirmed that Ineos teammate Brandon Rivera was being treated at the same hospital as Bernal, following another training camp crash.

Rivera suffered multiple fractures, the most serious to his elbow, which was also dislocated. 

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Surreyrider | 2 years ago

I am perplexed (although pleased) how someone (admittedly an elite athlete) goes from having numerous fractures and operations to walking out of hospital (although it looks like he's being supported in the picture) in about a week. 

sparrowlegs | 2 years ago

Bernal should be grateful to the medical staff for saving his life and his ability to walk again. It's sounds like god wanted him back early.

Do we actually know how he came to hit the back of the bus? Did it pull in front of him or did he just not see it?

Mybike replied to sparrowlegs | 2 years ago
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The buss was parked So ill guess never seen it or never noticed it was parked

Rendel Harris replied to Mybike | 2 years ago
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I wonder if it was definitely "parked" or if that's a slight mistranslation and it was actually "stopped" - if Bernal was following and was too close to stop when the driver pulled in to pick up passengers, seems a bit more likely than that he ran straight into a stationary object he and his teammates could have seen from a long way away.

Anyway, glad he could leave hospital under his own steam and hoping the injuries don't turn out to be career-limiting like Froome's.

mdavidford replied to Rendel Harris | 2 years ago

Given it was at a toll point, it seems likely it had just pulled up to pay the toll, and your mistranslation theory is right.

squidgy replied to mdavidford | 2 years ago

Video apparently shows the bus parked on the right on a straight road and Bernal riding at speed on his own before crashing it. I say apparently as it seems to be from CCTV some distance away.

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