Darryn undergoes successful surgery in Barcelona
Three days after his crash in the third Moto2 practice session at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, Darryn has undergone successful surgery on the double fracture in his right hand.
The South African had already returned to Barcelona from America on Monday afternoon and went directly to the Quiron Dexeus Hospital into the care of the medical team led by Dr. Mir, chief specialist for hand and microsurgery. On Tuesday morning, the 25-year-old underwent immediate surgery on two fractures in his right hand. The metacarpal bone was fixed with a plate and up to five screws, while a bone of the ring finger, which was also affected, was stabilized with a screw.
According to the Moto2 rookie’s statement, the hand is still very swollen and is being treated with the help of a special cooling device to help hematoma regression. Darryn will travel back to his adopted home of Andorra on Wednesday morning, where he hopes to start physiotherapy as early as Friday.
The clock is ticking down to the Jerez Grand Prix on April 28-30, but Darryn is committed to doing everything in his power to push on with his regeneration as quickly and as best he can. His crew at the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP team are rooting for their protégé and wish him a speedy recovery and a swift return to racing action.
“I feel good after the surgery. Dr. Mir confirmed to me that the surgery went without complications. Only my hand is very swollen. To relieve the swelling, I was given a special ice machine, which I am also allowed to take home. If everything goes according to plan, I can start physical therapy on Friday. I will be able to leave the hospital on Wednesday morning and then go to Andorra. During the operation it turned out that one bone each in the middle and ring finger was broken. The fracture in the ring finger was fixed with one screw, while in the middle finger a plate was inserted, which was fixed with four or five screws. I have to be patient for a while before I can start physio, and also wait to see how the healing process goes. Hopefully we can try to be there in Jerez. From my side, I will do everything I can to be able to ride the weekend after next. But we’ll have to wait and see how it looks then. So far, however, everything is fine, and that’s very reassuring to know. Ultimately, though, everything depends on the swelling, the feeling and a few other factors – fingers crossed!”