A DEVASTATING END TO PRICES DAKAR CAMPAIGN
Toby Price’s 2017 Dakar Rally Campaign has come to a devastating end, as the reigning champion has broken his femur in the trek between San Salvador De Jujuy and Tupiza during Stage 4 of the Rally.
Price was flown to La Paz Hospital in Bolivia in good spirits quickly after been treated by the Dakar Medical Team on the ground.
The defending Dakar Rally champion has been diagnosed with a fractured left femur, which later x-rays showed to be broken in four places.
Price is now in his 3rd day at the hospital and has revealed the details around his accident following his surgery.
ALL I CAN REMEMBER IS HITTING SOMETHING HARD, IT WAS IN A RIVER BED AND I’M SURE AS ANYTHING IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A ROCK. THE LAST BIT I REMEMBER IS BEEN FACE DOWN INTO THE GROUND AFTER FLYING THROUGH THE AIR AND SEEING THE ROCKS GO UNDER ME PRETTY QUICK. I LANDED AND PRETTY MUCH WAS JUST IN A DAZE FOR A WHILE, I’M NOT SURE TIME FRAME WISE BUT SOME PEOPLE CAME RUNNING OVER AND BASICALLY JUST HELPED ME AND CHECKED IF I WAS ALRIGHT AND I REMEMBER SEEING PAULO GONCALVES ABOVE ME DOING THE SAME. I’M NOT TOO SURE HOW THE LONG THE HELICOPTER TOOK TO GET ME BUT I KNEW I BROKE MY LEG BY THEN. IT STARTED TO GET PAINFUL AND MY LEG WOULDN’T MOVE, SO IT WAS A HELICOPTER RIDE BACK TO THE STAGE BASE, AN AIRPLANE RIDE BACK TO LA PAZ AND THEN INTO AN AMBULANCE, BUT THE ROAD WAS THAT ROUGH I NEEDED TO GET STRAPPED IN AND HAVE ANOTHER INJECTION AND THAT’S ALL I REMEMBER. THIS IS ONLY A SMALL HURDLE IN THE ROAD AS A BROKEN LEG, SO WE WILL GO AGAIN AND IT’LL BE ALL GOOD.
Price has been suffering seizures, which his Doctors believe may be due to a potential blood clot in his lung.
I’VE HAD A COUPLE OF ROUGH NIGHTS HERE IN LA PAZ, THE LANGUAGE BARRIER HAS BEEN EXTREMELY CHALLENGING AND I SUFFERED A SEIZURE WHICH HAS ROCKED ME A LITTLE BIT BUT THE SPECIALIST IS WORKING HARD TO TARGET THE TRIGGER TO THIS AND THEY ARE SUSPECTING THIS WAS DUE TO A BLOOD CLOT IN MY LUNG. IN SAYING THAT, I’VE HAD A COUPLE OF AUSTRALIAN FRIENDS WHO WERE TRAVELING WITH THE DAKAR RALLY WHO WERE KIND ENOUGH TO VISIT, THE TEAM ALSO VISITED YESTERDAY WAS WAS INCREDIBLE OF THEM.
Once Price’s condition is resolved he should be able to quickly get back on Australian soil, where the damage to his leg will be reassessed to ensure his recovery can begin.
THE PLAN IS TO GET ME UP ON MY FEET IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS AND TAKE A WALK ON MY LEG, IF ALL GOES WELL WE CAN START TO PLAN MY TRIP BACK HOME TO AUSTRALIA AND BEGIN MY REHABILITATION. IT’S GOING TO BE A LONG ROAD BACK TO 100% BUT ON THING FOR SURE IS, I KNOW I NEED TO BE BACK ON THE KTM MOTORCYCLE IN 4 MONTHS SO I WILL BE DOING ALL I CAN TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.
Price has the biggest of thanks for his Partnerships, Fans, family & friends back home and around the world who have continued to support him throughout his Dakar Journey.
HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL MY PARTNERSHIPS, FANS, FAMILY AND MY BADASS CREW BACK HOME IN AUSTRALIA AND AROUND THE WORLD, YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN MAKING MY DAYS FLY AND THE SUPPORT FROM EVERYONE HAS BEEN INCREDIBLE.