US cyclist in stable condition after brain surgery

7th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 7, 2006 (AFP) - American cyclist Saul Raisin was in stable condition Friday after undergoing surgery to reduce pressure caused by fluid on his brain.

PARIS, April 7, 2006 (AFP) - American cyclist Saul Raisin was in stable condition Friday after undergoing surgery to reduce pressure caused by fluid on his brain.

Raisin, 23, was left fighting for his life after falling into a coma following a horrific accident on the Circuit de la Sarthe race in western France.

The Crédit Agricole rider underwent surgery Thursday, two days after being admitted to hospital with severe head injuries, and doctors said there had been no immediate sign of recovery.

"There's no improvement," said Dr Joël Menard, a Crédit Agricole team doctor.

"We have two to three critical days ahead of us. Doctors have set a period of five to eight days to see an improvement," Menard told AFP.

Raisin had been conscious and talking to team officials since the crash but saw his condition worsen rapidly on Thursday before slipping into a coma.

A rising star in cycling renowned for his climbing skills, Raisin turned professional in 2003 and moved up to Crédit Agricole's first team last year.

His parents arrived at his bedside in Angers, western France, on Friday.

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