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Stig Broeckx: My Curing Coma Story

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Contributors

  • Stig Broeckx

    During the third stage of the 2016 Tour of Belgium, Broeckx was in a crash caused by two motorbikes that ran into the peloton when it was descending at speed. He was reported to suffer severe injuries and was placed in an induced coma at the hospital in Gent. In June 2016, Lotto Soudal team issued a medical update explaining that Stig Broeckx was in a vegetative state with severe brain damage, with attempts to bring him out of his coma so far unsuccessful. A further update in September 2016 stated that Broeckx was being cared for in a rehabilitation centre in Overpelt, and was considered to be in a minimally conscious state, with no hope of recovery. His family insisted that Broeckx be sent to a pioneering coma centre in Liège. in December 2016 team doctor Servaes Bingé confirmed Broeckx was out of a coma.By 2019 Broeckx had recovered to a great extent, and was able to walk with a stick, although he had no memory of the five years leading up to the accident, and found out who he had been from the Internet. He cycles for recreation.

  • Vanessa Charland

  • J. Claude Hemphill III, MD, MAS, FNCS

    Kenneth Rainin Chair in Neurocritical Care
    Professor of Neurology and Neurological Surgery
    University of California, San Francisco
    Chief of Neurology, San Francisco General Hospital
    Past-President, Neurocritical Care Society