Nicky Hayden still ‘Extremely Criticial’ – ‘Prognosis Reserved’
By Trevor Hedge
I think it is fair to say that motorcycle race fans around the world are now fearing the worst for the health of Nicky Hayden.
Fuelling those fears have been the diabolical clickbait merchants that in the last few hours have been pushing news that the 2006 MotoGP World Champion has passed away. Such is their desperation for clicks and traffic. Making it worse is people believing sources that have no credibility and then sharing the lies on their own social media. Please, just, don’t. It feeds these pathetic troll sites.
That said, there were no encouraging signs to be taken from the latest hospital statements overnight that updated the world on the current perilous state that the 2006 MotoGP World Champion finds himself in. The statement below was issued at 0400 our time Saturday morning.
“The clinical picture of Nicky Hayden remains unchanged. His condition is still extremely critical. He is still in the intensive care unit of Cesena’s Maurizio Bufalini Hospital and the prognosis stays reserved.”
When we have interviewed the affable American the one thing he said he wanted to do after his road racing career was to complete the American Flat Track Grand Slam.
Hayden already had won at Short Track, TT and the half-mile, and wanted to return to those Dirt/Flat Track roots to complete the Grand Slam by taking victory in a Full Mile event. One of those full mile races will be staged tonight, The Sacramento Mile. And you can bet there will be an emotional vibe in the air as one of their own lies fighting for his life in an Italian hospital, Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, to be exact.
Nicky’s family is now in Italy at his bedside, his fiancé Jackie, brother Tommy and his mother Rose all on hand. His father Earl is currently battling illness and is too sick to have made the journey.
Doctors are always pessimists, and we sincerely hope that is the case in this instance also, and that Nicky pulls through. Motorcycle racing fans around the world surely hope so.
Our original Report below from earlier in the week to give some background to those that had as of yet not heard the news
Initial Report from earlier in the weeek
Nicky Hayden collected by car in Italy while cycling – Taken to ICU with brain and chest trauma
2006 MotoGP World Champion and current Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider Nicky Hayden has been treated in the Intensive Care Unit after a car crashed into the 35-year-old while he was cycling in Italy.
This is a very serious accident for the popular Kentucky Kid, one look at the windscreen and the crumpled roof of the car that collected him is enough to give some idea of the brunt of the impact.
Doctors have reported overnight that Hayden has suffered a ‘diffuse brain edema’, other reports suggest there has also been some chest trauma.
In layman’s terms, the ‘diffuse brain edema’ terminoloy presents a condition generally referred to as fluid on the brain.
The term ‘polytrauma’, in the Italian newspaper report essentially means multiple trauma, polytrauma is a medical term describing the condition of a person who has been subjected to multiple traumatic injuries. Such as the reported head and chest injuries Hayden sustained in the accident.
Best wishes to Hayden and his family for a speedy recovery.
MCNews.com.au has interviewed Hayden many times over the year, the most recent chat was around 18 months ago, when Hayden announced his move to WorldSBK with Honda (Link). In that interview we spoke about some of his previous rivalries, including that with Casey Stoner and Troy Bayliss.