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Amy Pieters to stay in artificial coma for another three days

Amy Pieters will be kept in a medically induced coma in Alicante, Spain for an additional three days, according to her SD Worx team.

Pieters suffered a high speed accident while training with the Dutch track and field program. The collision knocked the 30-year-old Dutchwoman unconscious. She was airlifted to hospital and then underwent surgery on the head.

Doctors initially said they would leave Pieters in a medical coma for “a few days”, but that time has now been extended. A handful of selected Dutch national team employees stayed in Alicante with her and members of her family flew in to be with her.

“The Spanish doctors at the Alicante hospital have decided, in consultation with several Dutch doctors, to keep Amy Pieters in an artificial coma for at least three more days,” read a statement from the team. “Doctors point out that extra rest at this stage gives a better chance of recovery.”

Further assessment of Pieters’ condition will be impossible until she regains consciousness.

“Doctors won’t be able to assess any damage until they wake Pieters. At this time, no further announcement can be made about the accident and we ask everyone to respect the privacy of those involved, ”the SD Worx statement read on Monday. “Everyone at Team SD Worx is extremely upset and our hearts go out to Amy and her family. “