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10 Jun 2016 08:49

Amazing news. Thanks for the update
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10 Jun 2016 09:16

Thanks for the update. :)

Amazing gesture from the organisers of the race to give him the first-place medal.
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14 Jun 2016 13:43

Another update. :)

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Some more positive news emerging out of Rimini, Italy. Keagan is currently still in intensive care, critical but a lot more stable. He is out of a coma and responding. The ventilator has been removed and he is breathing on his own. While these are all steps in the right direction, his injuries are still complicated. We are hopeful that he continues showing signs of improvement with each passing day.
As always, his family are grateful for the continued support from all over the world, with special thanks to the cycling community at large, Robbie Hunter of Pro Touch Global Management as well as the staff of Rimini Hospital. Special mention to the family who own Hotel Betulla in Rimini who have gone to extraordinary lengths to assist Desere and Wayne through this difficult time.
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14 Jun 2016 13:45

Awesome news. Thanks for the update, RedheadDane.
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17 Jun 2016 13:08

Here's a link to a donation fund, figured the people involved probably wouldn't mind if I posted it here.

https://www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/keepfightingkeagz
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20 Jun 2016 00:23

Another update.

https://www.facebook.com/Keaganvtc/posts/1763256660598600:0

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Two weeks after the horrific life threatening accident, Keagz is still in intensive care in Rimini, Italy.

Contrary to initial reports, Keagz did not sustain any facial injuries. The critical injuries were sustained to his neck and throat. He severed not only the cartoid artery, but the jugular vein, nerve and muscles.

Due to major loss of blood at the scene as well as the time it took to get him to surgery, the right hand side of his brain was starved of blood and oxygen. He also sustained bruising of his brain due to the impact as well as vocal cord damage. At this stage the full extent of his injuries is unknown as well as the period of rehabilitation.

He is breathing on his own but with difficulty as one of the nerves controlling his diaphragm has been damaged. He has limited movement of his left side due to the lack of oxygen to the brain however this is showing signs of improvement. The right side, which is being affected by nerve damage, is also limited. He is able to move his leg and squeeze his hand, but there is no movement of his arm.

With continued rehabilitation it is hoped that all functionality will improve as time passes. However, any possible long term effects are still unknown

Your continued support, prayers and positivity is greatly appreciated by Keagz and his family.
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20 Jun 2016 00:23

Last update in his facebook page:

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Two weeks after the horrific life threatening accident, Keagz is still in intensive care in Rimini, Italy.

Contrary to initial reports, Keagz did not sustain any facial injuries. The critical injuries were sustained to his neck and throat. He severed not only the cartoid artery, but the jugular vein, nerve and muscles.

Due to major loss of blood at the scene as well as the time it took to get him to surgery, the right hand side of his brain was starved of blood and oxygen. He also sustained bruising of his brain due to the impact as well as vocal cord damage. At this stage the full extent of his injuries is unknown as well as the period of rehabilitation.

He is breathing on his own but with difficulty as one of the nerves controlling his diaphragm has been damaged. He has limited movement of his left side due to the lack of oxygen to the brain however this is showing signs of improvement. The right side, which is being affected by nerve damage, is also limited. He is able to move his leg and squeeze his hand, but there is no movement of his arm.

With continued rehabilitation it is hoped that all functionality will improve as time passes. However, any possible long term effects are still unknown

Your continued support, prayers and positivity is greatly appreciated by Keagz and his family.

‪#‎KeepFightingKeagz‬


Well, I'm no medicine expert but with a severed carotid and jugular I think it's almost a 'miracle' (if these things exist) that he's still with us.
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23 Jun 2016 10:07

RedheadDane wrote:Here's a link to a donation fund, figured the people involved probably wouldn't mind if I posted it here.

https://www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/keepfightingkeagz


Just going to give this a quick bump
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29 Jun 2016 04:43

https://www.facebook.com/Keaganvtc/photos/a.1458869541037315.1073741829.1456313051292964/1766524083605191/?type=3&theater

ADMIN POST: Twenty-two days post-accident, Keagan has left ICU and has been transferred to the Department of Neuroscience Rehabilitation Hospital, San Giorgio in Ferrara.

Prior to his transfer, Keagan underwent some testing of the nerves in his right arm. This revealed there is little nerve or muscle activity from the elbow to the shoulder/bicep. That said, Keagan has improved the movement of his left arm and can lift it and move his hand toward his face. His hand is getting stronger but he still cannot hold anything- YET! In other good news, both of his legs are moving well.

At this time, it is unclear what the future holds.

Having transferred out of ICU to Ferrara, Keagan will now work with a nerve specialist and physiotherapists to try to improve his range of movement and work on his general well-being.

There is no clear indication at this stage regarding Keagan's length of stay in Ferrara nor is it certain how long he'll be there before he gets the go ahead to travel and be repatriated to a hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand.

This past weekend his friends Adam Bull and Richard Lawson cycled from Imola to Rimini to visit him and spend time with him. Having them visit was good medicine for Keagz. Adam noted he was on his way to visit the "Crash Bandicoot"!

Keagan is well aware of his surroundings, enjoys seeing the many videos sent to him and has started sending out his own. We will hopefully record a short video for the public soon.
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29 Jun 2016 07:40

Good news. So much better then when the thread started
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01 Aug 2016 20:17

UPDATE!

Hello World, it's been a while!

As most of you probably already know, I was in a pretty bad accident 8 weeks ago that nearly ended my life. This has been the most testing 8 weeks of my life and the first few weeks were very dark, probably because I was sleeping most of it or have little memory of what happened in those weeks. During that time I was hallucinating and the things I thought I saw make me worry about myself. And the things I apparently said, "mum these nurses are trying to f'ing kill me" - luckily they are Italian and speak little to no English haha. Anyway back to being serious. I should be dead. It's a miracle I'm able to walk, talk (very softly as my vocal cord is damaged) and have brain functionality. Over the last few weeks, since I can remember, I don't think I've ever cried or lost my temper so quickly in my life. I guess that's what it feels like to have PMS (ladies, am I right?) During this experience of me not having functionality in my right arm and uncontrollable shaking of the left hand when I try to use it, I have begun to appreciate the small things in life. Doing everyday things such as drinking a cup of coffee without shaking and spilling half of it all over myself before reaching my mouth, or being itchy on the left side and not being able to use my right arm to scratch it (thank you for being there to scratch for me Mum) Desere

To everyone that sent me messages, I can’t thank you enough. There was a night in ICU when I gave up on life and accepted death (I was hallucinating pretty badly), but I woke up the next morning with my mum over me and I looked into her eyes as she told me “everything is going to be okay.” A blurry vision I will never forget. That is when I knew I had to win this fight, and could. Then my dad Wayne on the other side of my bed read me your messages and showed me your video clips of support. I can’t explain to you what a few phrases or words can do, but it gave me strength to get through many tough days. So thank you to the people that didn’t believe the reports about my death and instead prayed for a miracle to happen, because it did. And the words thank you is simply not enough, but that is all I can say.

To everyone that made a contribution to the ‪#‎KeepFightingKeagz‬ Campaign, no matter how big or small, it goes a long way in helping keep my parents in Italy by my side as well as with potential extra medical costs in the future. Thank you very much for the support!

A good friend told me recently that “Life is a beautiful thing. Enjoy it!” And that’s exactly what I plan to do.

A more detailed update on my current medical condition will be posted on my athlete page sometime next week.
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01 Aug 2016 23:00

Lovely and uplifting update and a remarkable recovery so far. Thanks for posting this RhD..
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02 Aug 2016 01:26

Beautiful message ! What a strong boy he is.
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12 Aug 2016 02:16

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12 Aug 2016 05:40

Thanks for the link - good news indeed.
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12 Aug 2016 08:43

This kid has to endure way too much. Life can be so cruel.

It's allready a miracle he's where he is now, because that accident came straight from a horror movie set. I really wish him all the best and hope he can recover enough that he can atleast take care of himself. Most of all I hope he has the will and mentality to stay on the positive side after such a huge drawback in your life that will influence the rest of your life.

Stay strong Keagz.
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12 Aug 2016 11:16



Sad to think how easily this could have been avoided
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22 Aug 2016 20:07

As per the ginger one's request, here's repost of a rather touching update on a recovering Keagan's upon his arrival to middle earth.

https://www.facebook.com/TeamDiData/videos/vb.764660530334964/887121221422227/?type=2&theater
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22 Aug 2016 20:26

I thought he was South African...
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22 Aug 2016 20:43

TMP402 wrote:I thought he was South African...

Pretoria born, Christchurch bred.
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