American BMX rider Connor Fields had brain hemorrhage, broken rib after Olympics crash
U.S. BMX rider Connor Fields suffered a broken rib, bruised lung after falling at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, according to USA Today, and was subjected to tests to see if he had brain damage.
He also had a cerebral hemorrhage, although the bleeding in his brain has since stopped and he was moved from intensive care by the Washington Post, according to Les Carpenter.
Fields was taken off the track on a stretcher after falling in the semi-finals on Friday. The 28-year-old was taken to a local hospital in an ambulance.
"He is cognitively fine," his father Mike told USA Today. “He knows where he is. He knows his birthday. He recognizes the people. "
Connor Fields suffers brutal BMX crash in Tokyo
Fields fell in the third semifinal after landing hard on an early jump and slamming into the ground.
While on the route, he was briefly taken care of by medical staff before being lifted onto a stretcher and then into an ambulance.
Fields, a three-time Olympian and favorite to win the gold medal, was in second place at the time of the fall. Technically, he still qualified for the final.
Fields ’father said he had CT scans on his brain, spine and abdomen.
"There's a bit of fluid in his brain, but it hasn't increased in the next 24 hours, so you're feeling fine," Mike said of USA Today. "So far the results seem pretty positive."
It's unclear when Fields can leave the hospital, although the goal is to fly home in about five days, his father said.
"The good news is that he was extremely well looked after there in Tokyo," Mike said of USA Today.
Connor Fields is still in hospital in Tokyo after a brutal accident on Friday. (Francois Nel / Getty Images)
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