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Alex de Angelis critical after MotoGP FP4 crash
The San Marino rider has an intracranial hematoma and is being monitored closely
Alex de Angelis in his E-Motion IodaRacing gear.
ALEX DE ANGELIS is critical, but stable following a heavy crash in the final practice session ahead of MotoGP qualifying at the Twin Ring Motegi on Saturday.
The San Marino rider was airlifted to the Dokkyo Hospital in Mibu for further examination and treatment after suffering a heavy crash midway through FP4 which led to a red flag situation.
de Angelis has undergone a CT scan and has been diagnosed with a lung contusion. Further examinations have also revealed several rib fractures and fractures to 5 vertebrae.
MotoGP Medical Director Michele Macchiagodena commented on Saturday: "There's a thoracic trauma with bilateral ribs fracture, on the left and the right. He also suffered a head concussion - the CT scan doesn’t demonstrate any damage or bleeding but it still requires to remain under observation for the next days.
“However what needs more attention is the fact he sustained a lung contusion - we'll have to monitor it closely to make sure it doesn't lead to restricted breathing or any kind of infection.
“The early checks also report 5 fractured vertebrae, from which three seem to affect the body of the vertebrae - as of now there's no neurological damage but we'll have to make sure those fractures are stable so the medulla isn't affected.
“For now it needs to be observed closely in order to determine if surgery can be avoided."
A further update regarding de Angelis’ condition has been released from the Dokkyo Hospital where he is being treated by the MotoGP Medical Director.
“On Monday, De Angelis had a head and chest CT scan, which reassuringly showed that the intracranial hematoma he suffered was unchanged while the contusions to his lungs are slightly resolving,” said Macchiagodena.
“The rider remains in a critical condition but as his sedation was reduced, he was able to talk and oriented in time and space."
“He'll undergo a further head CT scan in the next 48 to 72 hours to ensure the intracranial hematoma is stable while the conditions of the lungs will need further evaluation.”
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