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Bellis out of coma, still in serious condition

By:
Cycling News
Published:
October 13, 2009, 15:22 BST,
Updated:
October 13, 2009, 16:32 BST
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Jonathan Bellis (Saxo Bank)

Jonathan Bellis (Saxo Bank)

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British cyclist recovering from scooter crash

British cyclist Jonny Bellis was brought out of a medically-induced coma, British Cycling announced Tuesday. The 21-year-old has been in the coma since he was seriously injured in a motor scooter crash near the federation's training base in Italy three weeks ago

"Jonny Bellis was brought out of his medically induced coma late last week but remains heavily medicated. Whilst his condition is still serious, the hospital staff are slowly bringing him off the ventilator and are keeping a close eye on his progress," a statement read.

Bellis was wearing a helmet, but still suffered head injuries after crashing his scooter into a wall near Quarrata in Tuscany, where he was training with the national team in preparation for the World Championships.

He underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain two weeks ago. The cause of the accident is still unknown.

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