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April 12, 2006

Saul Raisin improving, responds to parents

ajc.com | A loving squeeze from comatose Dalton cyclist

US pro cyclist Saul Raisin of Credit Agricole responded to questions from his parents in his hospital room Tuesday, squeezing their hands with his.

Raisin, a 23-year-old from Dalton, Ga., crashed at the Circuit de la Sarthe April 4th, falling hard on his forehead and breaking a rib and collarbone. He was conscious when he arrived at the hospital, but suffered a life-threatening hemorrhage April 6th, and has been in a coma since.

Apparently, no one saw a cause for his accident, and one of CA's directors initially told CyclingNews.com it was an epileptic seizure, but Raisin's team and family both deny that. Procycling.com quotes unnamed riders “who were close to the American at the time” who say Raisin “appeared to be in a trance-like state before he crashed.” Apparently, Raisin fell in an amateur race in 2003 and nearly choked on his tongue, but Credit Agricole team doctor Joel Menard says the tongue was swollen from the trauma, not from epilepsy.

There is a possibility of paralysis from the injuries, but a family friend told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Raisin is moving all his fingers and toes. Menard told VeloNews that doctors are “expecting some brain damage,” and compared the fall to Fabio Casartelli's horrific and fatal crash in the 1995 Tour de France, crediting Raisin's hardshell with saving his life.

Also:

VeloNews (April 9) | Wait continues for Raisin
VeloNews (April 7) | Raisin remains in coma, team doctor says
VeloNews (April 6) | Surgery eases pressure on Raisin's brain
VeloNews (April 5) | Farrar, Raisin injured in costly crashes

Posted by Frank Steele on April 12, 2006 in Saul Raisin, Top Stories | Permalink

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All of us in Vegas are pulling for Saul, He's a strong kid and he will be racing soon!!! Best wishes, Victor and friends

Posted by: victor rodriguez at Apr 29, 2006 4:14:49 PM

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