- Title: Chapecoense goalie whose leg was amputated after crash removed from ventilator
- Date: 2nd December 2016
- Summary: MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA (RECENT) (REUTERS) VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF SAN VICENTE FUNDACION HOSPITAL
- Embargoed: 17th December 2016 23:19
- Location: MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA
- City: MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA
- Country: Colombia
- Reuters ID: LVA0025B71H6V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Four of the six survivors of the Colombian plane crash that killed 71 people, including most of the Chapecoense soccer team, are now hospitalized at San Vicente Fundacion Hospital and are progressing adequately, according to doctors.
On Friday (December 2), Bolivian flight technician Erwin Tumiri was released from the hospital. He and Bolivian flight attendant Ximena Suarez were the two crew members who survived the tragic crash and both were bruised but not in critical condition.
Chapecoense goalie Jackson Follmann whose leg was amputated to save his life, has been improving and was removed from a ventilator, according to San Vicente Fundacion Hospital medical director Ferney Rodriguez.
"Patient Jackson Follmann who was the patient who initially entered our institution Tuesday at dawn, is progressing in a satisfactory manner. Today, thanks to his adequate progress, we were able to remove him from the ventilator and he has no more need to be connected to a ventilator. We expect his progress to continue to be satisfactory," he said.
Journalist Rafael Valmorbida who had been treated in intensive care for multiple rib fractures that partly collapsed a lung was transferred to San Vicente Fundacion Hospital, Rodriguez said.
"Last night, we transferred patient Rafael Valmorbida from the San Juan de Dios de la Ceja Hospital. He arrived in stable continue and has continued in stable condition. He has been evaluated by our group of specialists including a thoracic surgeon given the complexity of his injuries. We also expect his progress to continue to be adequate," he added.
Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel who had spinal surgery was put into intensive care at the same hospital.
"This morning, we transferred patient Alan Ruschel from the Somer Hospital to our institution. The transfer was very stable and the patient arrived in stable condition. We expect to evaluate his evolution. He remains under sedation in the intensive care unit," Rodriguez continued.
Defender Helio Neto, who reportedly had severe trauma to his skull, thorax and lungs, remains in intensive care.
"And finally, in the afternoon, we transferred patient Helio Neto from the San Juan de Dios Hospital. He also had a very stable transfer. He arrived in stable condition and continues under strict observation in the intensive care unit," he said.
The six were the only survivors of the tragic plane crash that killed the small Chapecoense team that was travelling on a charter flight to the biggest game in its history, the final of the Copa Sudamericana.
The LAMIA Bolivia BAe146 airliner apparently ran out of fuel, lost electrical power and was preparing for an emergency landing when it crashed.
Monday night's disaster sent shock waves across the global soccer community and plunged Brazil, Latin America's largest nation, into mourning.
Soccer-mad Brazil declared three days of mourning and the club is planning a collective wake.
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