DAKAR 2021: Official statement on CS Santosh condition

The condition of CS Santosh has been confirmed by his team, who also want to thank medical staff and competitors for their help

CS Santosh

Updated statement on the condition of CS Santosh - 12/01/21

See below for the original report

Yesterday the HeroMoto Corp Team issued a statement that confirmed that CS Santosh was still under observation at that time, although doctors at the hospital in Jeddah where he is being treated have cleared him to fly home.

The statement reads:

“In the latest update from the medical team, Santosh is stable and continues to be under observation. Based on scans and assessments, he has been cleared to be flown back to India, where he will be attended by the local doctors. He will be transferred in a sleeping state to avoid any unnecessary stress during the transfer. This is a very positive development as he will now be with his family and in familiar conditions, which always helps in a faster recovery. He is scheduled to fly in the next few days, and we will keep everyone updated with developments.”

INDIAN off-road racing star CS Santosh is said to have not suffered ‘major physical injuries’ except for a dislocated shoulder and head trauma a statement has revealed.

Santosh crashed out of the Dakar in a high-speed section of the course last week. As we reported at the time, his life could well have been saved by the swift action of Paul Speirings, who provided the Indian rider with lifesaving CPR moments after the crash.

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At the end of last week, the Hero MotoSports Team released this statement to update us on his condition.

“Our Hero MotoSports Team Rally rider C S Santosh is currently receiving treatment at the Saudi German Hospital in Riyadh, after a high-speed crash on Wednesday in Stage 4 of the 2021 Dakar Rally.

“We are pleased to share that he has no major physical injuries except for the dislocated right shoulder and head trauma. The latest scans have also shown no major issue that could impact his full recovery.

“The medical team attending to him have decided that the best approach to manage the injury is to reduce the body functions to a minimum and keep him in a sedated condition or an artificial coma. He is receiving the best possible medical care and will continue to be under constant observation for the next few days.

“We express our deepest gratitude and thanks to the riders who extended their help to Santosh. We also want to thank the organizers for getting the medical and rescue teams on the spot in quick time and airlifting him to reach the hospital quickly.

“We are also most grateful to all of you for pouring in your prayers and wishes from all over the world for the speedy recovery of Santosh and your overwhelming support to our team.

“The entire Hero MotoSports Team Rally and the extended Hero Family is fully committed to aiding the recovery and rehabilitation of our teammate.”