Carles Falcon, a rider for the TwinTrail Racing Team, was involved in a crash during the Dakar Rally. The incident occurred 448km into Sunday’s test between Al Henakiyah and Al Duwadimi. Falcon received immediate assistance from a medical crew that arrived via helicopter. He was then airlifted to Al Duwadimi hospital for further treatment. Initially, Falcon was reported to be in a serious condition. However, Dakar race director David Castera revealed that Falcon didn’t have a pulse when the doctor arrived at the scene. Fortunately, he was successfully resuscitated but required additional treatment at the hospital. The full extent of his injuries will be determined once all the test results are available.
Castera explained that Falcon fell at the end of the stage and was found in a complicated state without a pulse. He was stabilized and taken to the hospital in Riyadh for further evaluation and potential surgery. The focus is on assessing his head injury and determining if there are any fractures. The situation is currently stable, and the most important thing is that Falcon has regained a pulse.
An update from Falcon’s team stated that he has been placed into an induced coma and will remain in the hospital for at least a week. He has a cerebral edema and a fracture of the C2 vertebra that requires urgent surgery. Falcon will be transferred to Riyadh Hospital for the operation. His teammate, Isaac Feliu, will not continue in the race and has traveled with the press team to support Falcon. The team and Falcon’s family are grateful for the messages of support they have received.
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