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Australian Institute of Sport team member Alexis Rhodes has started physiotherapy as part of her rehabilitation from injuries received when she and five of her team-mates were in collision with a car while training in Germany last week. In addition, her team-mate Louise Yaxley is recovering well from surgery in the University Clinic in Jena.
AIS director Professor Peter Fricker says the pair remain in intensive care but doctors say they are very happy with the progress of both women. "Alexis has done some walking and some cycling on a stationary rehabilitation bike," said Prof. Fricker. "It's pretty amazing progress for a girl in intensive care but she's determined.
"The surgery on Louise went very well," he continued. "Doctors changed the fixator device in her right elbow to allow more flexibility and they also operated on her left wrist. She has also undergone skin grafts on both arms. She will need to have some pins removed at a future date but she is doing well mentally and has recovered from the anaesthetic and surgery very well."
Meanwhile, Kate Nichols, one of the three other riders injured, has been out and about in Jena and will be heading home in the next week or so, while Lorian Graham has started physiotherapy and rehabilitation including cycling with one leg. Katie Brown has begun weight-bearing exercise on her left leg but work on her right leg will have to wait until the fractured bones knit.
The five team members have sent back a message to be read on their behalf at the memorial service for champion cyclist and Atlanta Olympic Games rower Amy Gillett, 29, who died instantly in the incident last week. Her funeral followed by a memorial service will be held tomorrow in the Australian town of Ballarat. A second memorial service will be held at Adelaide's Super-Drome on August 5.
Gillett's family and Cycling Australia have established the Amy Gillett-Safe Cycling Foundation to honour her memory. The German government has announced a donation of $8,000 to the foundation. People wishing to donate to the foundation should visit the Cycling Australia website at www.cycling.org.au and follow the links from the home page.
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