17 Feb 2023 at 11:05
Amy Pieters has a relapse in her rehabilitation. The Dutch cyclist, who fell a year ago during a training ride in Spain and suffered serious brain injury, has suffered several epileptic attacks in a short period of time.
“Amy has suffered a relapse in her mobility as a result. The adapted medication also makes her motivation to recover somewhat difficult. This is a difficult period for her, but also for everyone who works and interacts with Amy,” says a statement. on Peter’s website.
The 31-year-old Pieters was operated immediately after her serious accident in December 2021 and was kept in an artificial coma for months. At the beginning of last year, the Dutch champion was able to breathe independently again and she began her long rehabilitation.
Pieters’ situation has improved slightly since then. In the autumn of 2022 it was announced that Pieters can walk short distances with support. Communication is still difficult. She can now answer with a clear yes or no, but it is not yet possible to have a conversation.
“She mainly communicates with facial expressions. We are now waiting for the medication to be adjusted in such a way that Amy regains the energy and motivation, so that she can work on the next steps of her rehabilitation. Getting and keeping her motivated is very important now. We have to keep hope.”
Auction raised 30,000 euros for rehabilitation Pieters
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Pieters, who has been successful in her career as a track and road cyclist, is a three-time world champion in the madison. Pieters won gold in the mixed team relay at the 2019 World Road Championships.