Santosh suffers dislocated shoulder, head trauma; Spierings reveals his help
The Indian remains under induced coma, as Dutch rider recall crash scene.
After his heavy crash on Wednesday, CS Santosh continues to remain in the Saudi German Hospital, as per the latest release from Hero MotoSports Rally Team. The Indian is receiving the best possible treatment and will continue to remain in the hospital for the next few days.
Hero informed that Santosh has dislocated his right shoulder and suffered with head trauma. Fortunately, he has other major injuries but as per the advise of the doctors, he will remain in artificial coma, so as to lessen body movements, to help the injury heal properly.
The team credited Dakar Rally's medical crew and organisers for all the support, along with some of the riders who helped Santosh when he fell. He was not the only one to fall at the 135 km mark as Husqvarna's Paul Spierings revealed, being the first to be at the scene.
Maurizio Gerini was the other rider to have fallen but was conscious and able to move. Both then quickly went to look at Santosh, wherein they immediately alerted the Dakar organisers about the incident, with three helicopters at the scene to carry the Indian.
“Santosh and Gerini passed me after riding in my dust for a while,” said Spierings to RallyManiacs.com. “When I left the fuel stop, I saw two motorcycles, with the riders next to them. Gerini got up quickly again, but the other one remained. I put my bike across and pressed the alarm button. After that I started resuscitation together with Gerini.
"When the helicopter arrived after fifteen minutes, I fortunately felt a pulse again in Santosh and he regained consciousness. That was a huge relief. I was able to act well because I knew what to do, but I had never resuscitated anyone in real life. I hear that boy is stable and that makes me feel good. In any case, he survived."
With Santosh out, his Hero teammates Joaquim Rodrigues and Sebastian Buhler continue on in the 2021 Dakar Rally, as they ended up 20th and 22nd in Stage 5. They are bunched up together in the overall rankings, where the former is 19th and the latter 20th.
Among the other Indians, Sherco TVS Racing's Harith Noah finished 41st in Stage 5, whereas privateer Malle category entrant Ashish Raorane still hasn't made it to the final way point. The live track shows that he made it to the penultimate 330 km mark.
The Indian rider had a heavy fall and was flown to the hospital but is stable.
[Image courtesy: Hero MotoSports Rally Team]