South African Cycling

Cyclist recovering in hospital

2010-02-05 17:01
Cycling (File)
MTN Energade Cycling team rider, Bradley Potgieter, was involved in an accident this morning while driving his vehicle en route to a training ride.

Potgieter has been admitted to a private clinic in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. He has been sedated and is recovering in ICU having been diagnosed with nothing more serious than two minor bone fractures and some bruising to his head as a result of the impact.

“Bradley is currently in a stable condition at the ICU. He has sustained uncomplicated ‘crack’ fractures to his right distal radius (forearm) and left medial maleolus (ankle). He has minor facial lacerations and areas of diffuse minor intra-axial (brain) bleeding, which do not require neurosurgical intervention. He is conscious, communicating and his doctors are satisfied with his current condition,” says Dr Carol Austin, trainer of the MTN Energade cycling team.

Neurosurgeons at the private clinic are not concerned about Potgieter’s condition and are confident that he is in no danger from his injuries. They will, however, continue to monitor his progress.

“Bradley simply needs some time to recover from this early morning scare and will be back to full fitness in the not too distant future,” says Ian Wilson, MTN Energade Cycling road team manager.

“Everyone at MTN wishes Bradley all the best for a speedy recovery. Our thoughts are with him and his family during this time,” says Bernard Pieters, senior sponsorship manager at MTN South Africa.

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