“I almost lost my life”: Egan Bernal speaks from the ICU after a dangerous accident

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Fans of Egan Bernal can rest easy: the Colombian cyclist He is already conscious and recovering after the dangerous accident suffered on January 24 in his country.

Through the social network Twitter, the coffee sports glory sent a message of hope and shared some details of his accident, as well as showing how his recovery is going in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the La Sábana University Clinic.

“After having a 95% chance of becoming a paraplegic and nearly losing my life doing what I love to do most”

The “condor” also indicated that as part of his recovery process will undergo new surgeries. Although he is seen with a cheerful look, Bernal appears in the image bedridden and with various injuries.

Meanwhile, the Colombian Attorney General’s Office opened an investigation to determine responsibilities in the accident that occurred on the roads of the department of Cundinamarca, an area near the capital Bogotá.

The public transport driver, a 55-year-old man, who was parked and against whom Bernal collided will be interviewed, as well as other witnesses to the event.

In the midst of this, the former cyclist Santiago Boteroclose to the winner of the Tour de France (2019) and the Giro d’Italia (2021), indicated that Egan was distracted and therefore did not see the passenger vehicle which was parked up ahead.

In an interview for the Colombian media BluRadioBotero assured that he has communicated with some of the cyclists who were with “El Cóndor” and they told him that in effect Bernal was distracted and at a very high speed.

Egan Bernal’s accident

The police report states that Egan Bernal and a public transport vehicle were traveling in the Tunja – Bogotá direction. The bus stopped to drop off a passenger and at that moment the athlete collided with the rear of the vehicle at a speed of approximately 60 km/h.

Due to the harsh accident, the cyclist had to be taken to the La Sábana University Clinic emergency room, where he underwent surgery on his spine, specifically the “T5 vertebra to the T6 vertebra with a traumatic disc herniation.” Due to this type of injury a person can be paralyzed.

In the operation, the doctors, in addition to life, also managed to preserve Bernal’s neurological integrity and did not lose the functionality of the affected area.


The Colombian team wishes a speedy recovery to the cyclist Egan Bernal after a serious accident (Video)