Cape Town - The racing community has been in collective
shock at the news that one of the longest standing and popular training
personalities, Mike Bass, has taken ill.
According to the Sporting Post's Facebook page, while it is understandably a very difficult time for all involved,
due to the overwhelming support and concern from across the country, the
family has furnished the following news.
Bass started feeling unwell during the Cape Awards on Friday, August 7. Feeling progressively worse during the course of the weekend,
he sought medical advice on Monday and was diagnosed with flu.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, he had deteriorated
sufficiently for an ambulance to be called and he was rushed to
hospital. An examination revealed that he had developed severe
pneumonia and he was admitted to intensive care.
During the course of Wednesday, Bass’ condition worsened and he went
into septic shock. He has been placed in an induced coma and the
medical team are doing everything they can. At this stage, the
prognosis remains serious and the family and medical team are taking
things hour by hour.
The family have asked to express their thanks for the care and
concern they have received.
Mike Bass' son Mark said “We are in such awe and
overwhelmed by the support from friends, family and the entire racing
industry, who have really come together in trying to keep us so
positive through this difficult time. He is so loved. We would just
like to thank everyone for their amazing support.”