WSBK – Regis Laconi successfully operated in Johannesburg –

Regis Laconi successfully operated in Johannesburg

WSBK - Regis Laconi successfully operated in Johannesburg -

At 33 years old, Regis Laconi plunged all fans of French motorcycle sports into concern after his terrible fall during testing at Kyalami. Operated on Tuesday, the valiant tricolor is out of the woods, but his left leg is currently suffering from paralysis

Following his terrible fall during the first round of free practice on the Kyalami circuit in South Africa (read), French rider Regis Laconi (Ducati DFX team) sparked a huge wave of apprehension within the microcosm of speed tricolor.

Taken urgently to the hospital in Sunninghill (Johannesburg), the condition of the pilot from Meuse is then judged "serious, but stable"by the medical team who decided to plunge the pilot into an artificial coma in view of the extent of the injuries. Two cervical vertebrae (C5 and C6) were thus broken during the impact and the n ° 55 suffered in in addition to severe head trauma and contusion to a lung.

Gradually awakened on Sunday – to allow the doctors to do some additional examinations, all satisfactory – Regis was perfectly lucid, talking to the medical team and moving his arms and legs slightly. Dr Maurizio Zorio – considered one of South Africa’s best neurosurgeons – therefore decided to operate yesterday to stabilize the fractured vertebrae.

Paralysis of the left leg

A long and delicate intervention which was "perfectly unrolled"according to the specialist: a plate was inserted at the top of our frenchie’s spine to stabilize his two damaged vertebrae, while a badly placed bone fragment was removed. The 2004 vice world Superbike champion is now recovering in intensive care unit and will be gradually woken up over the next 24 hours, which will allow you to learn a little more about possible physical sequelae.

"The operation, a decompression-fusion of the C5-C6 vertebrae, went well, but the doctors found paralysis in the left leg and they do not yet know if it is temporary or permanent ", said his lawyer and friend Paul-Louis Colignon to AFP.

Fingers crossed that this paralysis is only temporary and that Regis Laconi’s physical integrity is not affected by this terrible fall … The French should be transferred to Paris by medical plane at the end of the month.

Remember that after a long crossing of the desert at Kawasaki, Regis Laconi was back among the elite of the Superbike category on his Ducati 1198 F08 from the DFX team, with which he has signed three fantastic fourth places since the start of the season..

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