Motorcyclist Walter Roelants will be repatriated on Sunday after a heavy fall in Dakar rally, Wednesday operation
Walter Roelants, the Belgian motorcyclist who crashed with his motorcycle during the fourth stage in the Dakar on Wednesday, will be repatriated to Belgium on Sunday. Roelants will be operated on in Herentals next Wednesday.
After his fall, Walter Roelants is still in the intensive care unit of the hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. “This morning he called me in a panic,” said son Axel Roelants, who also resides in Riyadh. “They had tried to put my father upright, but that is actually not allowed (he broke his vertebrae, ed.). In consultation with the doctors at ASO, they have now been given guidelines that they should leave him alone and certainly not try to put him upright again. That can have serious consequences.”
Together with ASO, Axel Roelants worked out a plan to have his father transferred to Belgium. He will be flown to Paris on Sunday morning, along with another unfortunate participant, under the supervision of a doctor. Because there is not enough space on board, I fly later in the day via Frankfurt to Brussels. Most importantly, Dad can go home. From Paris it goes to Herentals where he has to be quarantined because he comes from a country outside Europe. New examinations and scans are made on Monday and Tuesday. Doctor Claes wants this because they have more modern equipment in Herentals. On Wednesday, Dad would have surgery.”