Raisin's condition improves after op

Saul Raisin is reported to be in a stable condition on Friday morning following an operation on Thur

Saul Raisin is reported to be in a stable condition on Friday morning following an operation on Thur

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Although still in a coma following an operation on Thursday afternoon to reduce swelling on his brain, Crdit Agricole's Saul Raisin is said to be out of critical danger according to the team's doctor, Dr Mnard.

"He had a good night, the problems with his brain have been stabilised," Dr Mnard told Associated Press. "On Thursday morning there were fears for his life but the operation yesterday afternoon resulted in an improvement in his condition. He is still in a coma, but there is no longer any risk to his life, unless the swelling reoccurs."

Raisin, 23, crashed close to the finale of Tuesday's opening stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe, suffering fractures in a collar-bone and hip, as well as facial injuries. Taken to hospital in Angers, he was not initially thought to be in any danger, but his condition deteriorated rapidly early on Thursday morning when fluid began to collect on his brain following a haemorrhage.

Surgeons have now reduced the swelling that occurred. "He is being kept in a coma to reduce the activity of his brain," Dr Mnard explained. "They will soon try to bring him out of the coma, progressively reduce the drugs he is being administered with and see whether he reacts, if he moves and whether he can communicate."

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