Jakobsen to undergo jaw reconstruction surgery after horror Tour of Poland crash

By Sports Desk October 02, 2020

Fabio Jakobsen will undergo reconstructive surgery on his jaw two months after a horror crash during the Tour of Poland left him in an induced coma.

The Deceuninck-QuickStep rider collided with barriers at high speed in a sickening incident during a sprint finish on the opening stage in August.

Dutchman Jakobsen said he felt "grateful to be alive", having feared he would die in hospital when he became conscious in intensive care.

The 24-year-old is now preparing for further operations on his road to recovery.

He tweeted: "The past 2 months have been dominated by my recovery after my crash in the Tour of Poland. First of all, I had to recover from my brain contusion and other bruises/injuries for a long time.

"The wounds/scars on my face are healing up well. and I am in the hands of Prof. Dr. S. Berge and Prof. Dr. G. Meijer.

"The surgery involves placing bone, taken from my pelvic crest, in my upper and lower jaw, because a lot of bone is missing there. This bone will have to heal for several months.

"After that, another surgery will take place to put implants in my jaw so that I can get new teeth, as I lost them during my crash."

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