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Two more operations for Jakobsen

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 2, 2020

It is by a long message, accompanied by a photo taken from the back, where we see him looking skyward at a plane sending a message “Get well soon, forza Fabio” (“speedy recovery, go Fabio”), that Fabio Jakobsen gave his news. The 24-year-old Dutchman is slowly recovering from his terrible crash at the Tour of Poland, where he was sent into the barriers by Dylan Groenewegen during the final sprint of the 1st stage, which had earned him a few hours in an artificial coma and a vital prognosis. But he will have to spend two more times on the pool table.

“Implants in the jaw to have new teeth”

“The last two months have been dominated by my recovery after my crash on the Tour of Poland. First, I had to recover from my brain contusion and other bruises / injuries for a long time. The wounds / scars on my face are healing well. I would like to thank all the staff at LUMC (Leiden Medical Center, the Netherlands) and in particular Dr H. Locher and Mr Hendriksma for the good care over the past few months. On October 8th, I will have a second surgery to reconstruct my face / mouth. The operation will take place in Nijmegen and I will be in the hands of Prof. Dr. S. Bergé and Prof. Dr. G. Meijer. The operation involves placing the bone taken from my pelvic ridge, in my upper and lower jaw, as there is a lot of bone missing. This bone will need to heal for several months. After that, another operation will take place to put implants in my jawbone so that I can have new teeth as I lost them during my fall. The date of his return to the peloton is obviously not yet known, but his total recovery will still take many months.

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