Mauvaise nouvelle pour le prodige australien. Toujours en course pour le titre USABMX, Sam Willoughby est tombé assez lourdement ce samedi en phase d’entrainement. Ce que l’on sait :
Jeudi 22 Septembre :
- Sam est victime d’une fracture de la vertèbre C6 et C7 – provoquant une paralysie des membres inférieurs.
- L’opération consiste a remplacer la C6 par une prothèse titane et une fusion de la C5-C7. Opération réussie et décompression de la colonne vertébrale.
- Sam a retrouvé de la sensation et des mouvements des membres supérieurs et commence à ressentir les membres inférieurs. Pas de 2e opération nécessaire.
- Afin d’aider Sam, par la pensée, ou financièrement, vous pouvez allez sur : www.road2recovery.com/strengthfor91 et le soutenir.
Mardi 13 Septembre :
- La chute s’est produite sur la piste ABA de Chula Vista, en 3e ligne droite
- Le pilote a été évacué en hélicoptère par précaution
- Il est actuellement en train de se faire opérer, dans la région du haut du dos
Aucune autre info n’a été diffusée pour le moment
Communiqués officiels :
Jeudi 22 Septembre : Communiqué de sa famille :
With the outpouring of support and interest in Sam’s situation, we thank you for your patience in awaiting this more detailed update on Sam’s recent crash. With the type of accident Sam had, there are a lot of unknowns that had to be addressed before the doctors could give us a better idea of the extent of Sam’s injuries.
On Sept 10, 2016, Sam had a training accident on the local Chula Vista BMX track where he was airlifted to the hospital and operated on that evening due to sustaining fractures in his C6 and C7 vertebrae which severely compressed his spinal cord and left him with no movement below his chest. The operation involved removing his C6 vertebrae, replacing it with a titanium cage, and fusing his C5-C7 vertebrae with a plate and 4 screws. Fortunately, this surgery was successful enough at decompressing his spinal cord and aligning his vertebrae that a second operation for further stabilization was not necessary.
At this stage, Sam still has no movement from his chest down but has regained use of his arms and is slowly regaining some sensation in his legs. Sam’s next step is to begin a long road of recovery at a rehabilitation centre and while the details are still to be finalised, at this stage it is expected that Sam will be transported to a USA based rehabilitation centre in the next few days.
The huge outpouring of support from friends, family, fans and supporters has been incredible and many of you have already asked how you can provide assistance to Sam in some way to ensure he has access to the best possible rehabilitation treatment.
As a result we have set up this portal www.road2recovery.com/strengthfor91 where you can offer support, both through financial assistance and messages for Sam, and can also keep up to date with Sam’s progress. Any donation, great or small, and any message of support will assist in Sam remaining strong throughout his road to recovery.
Mardi 13 Septembre : Message d’Alise Post, sa future femme :
Hello everyone….I want to thank you all for the outpouring support of Sam during this trying time. As you know, he was amidst a routine ride out at Chula Vista BMX on Saturday September 10 when he looped out in the rhythm and was airlifted to a hospital to care for the neck injury he sustained. As athletes, accidents like this are a risk we take every time we get out there, and there’s no way to predict or prevent when they occur. They are just that, accidents. Although I was in Minnesota at the time of the incident for my charity MS Race For A Cure, Sam luckily had the helping hands of good friends and Chula Vista BMX track operators Tyler and Kasandra Brown by his side immediately to tend to him and keep myself and his family updated until we could arrive. Fortunately, I was able to get right on a flight and be there that same night when he was waking up from his successful surgery, and his family arrived late the next evening. With his team of loved ones at his side, Sam is currently out of the ICU in a stable condition and handling this like the champion he is. We cannot thank you all enough for the posts and messages, he is fully coherent and asks to see them often. They are truly a source of comfort and inspiration to Sam and all of us💞…. He actually joked that he didn’t think he had so many friends! 😊
For now, Sam needs lots of rest, recovery and feelings of support, so please keep sending all of those positive healing thoughts his way, and we will update again when we know more. 🙏
I also want to say a big THANK YOU to all of those who still participated in my charity event either online or in St. Cloud, and to the volunteers who took the reigns of the event in my absence, and rallied together for (what I believe was) our most successful fundraising effort yet. It is gestures like this that confirm to me that we have the best support network possible and will get through this together. 💪 #StrengthFor91
- Dimanche 11 sept 2016 – 19:30 – Sam est déclaré stable par les médecins et reste sous observation.