MotoGP boss Gresini making slow progress after COVID-19

MotoGP team owner Fausto Gresini’s condition improved slowly after battling COVID-19 for most of the winter

DOCTORS treating MotoGP team owner Fausto Gresini have described the prognosis as ‘still reserved’ but ‘optimistic’ as the 60-year-old continues to battle COVID-19.

Gresini was admitted to Santa Maria della Scaletta hospital in Imola, before being transferred to a specialist COVID-19 ward Maggiore Carlo Alberto Pizzardi hospital in Bologna. He’s remained here since the 27th December, even spending some time in an induced coma as a result.

Now though the prognosis is looking a little brighter, after doctors have described the ex-125cc world champion as ‘fragile’ but slowly improving.

Until now, Gresini has required mechanical ventilation to maintain his blood oxygen levels, although this situation is also improving day by day.

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Doctor Nicola Cilloni made this comment:

“Fausto Gresini's general clinical conditions are fragile, but slowly and progressively improving. He is conscious and combative. Radiological and laboratory tests also go in the same direction.

“He still needs to be supported by the mechanical ventilator, but blood oxygenation is progressively improving. He started physiotherapy to rehabilitate both breathing and muscles.

“He remains in critical and fragile condition with a long path of treatment, but the direction taken in recent days makes the prognosis, still reserved, more optimistic!”

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