I’m sorry I missed an update yesterday, after leaving the hospital, Dad, Monz and myself went to see a Real Madrid match, by the time it finished i had to go straight back to the hospital to stay the night.
So Day 10, Cam is going great. He can now get into his wheel chair regularly and go outside for some fresh air. Getting in and out of the chair can still be a struggle as his right side is very weak but as the days go by he gets stronger. His memory continues to get better and he is actually starting to get a cheeky with us and the hospital staff.
Tomorrow will see another MRI scan of his brain to make sure everything is ok and that the bleeding has stopped. When he receives the results on Wednesday, they will be able to determine when he can leave Spain for Australia. We are hopefull that it will be Friday. Once Cam is home, the rehab will start and he will need a lot of time relaxing. At the moment they are saying 6-12 months off the bike, I think it will be a lot closer to 6 than 12.
As I write this, i’m at the Madrid Airport waiting for my flight home. Mum, Dad, Brooke and Monz will stay in Madrid to look after Cam while i have to get home to work.
Spain and it’s people have been amazing, i’ve made a lot of new friends and i look forward to returning to Spain under much better circumstances.
Thanks again to all the crew at Red Bull Spain for being so supportive, I don’t think we could have got through this without you.
I have a long trip home and by the time i get there we should have the results from Cam’s MRI Scan and an update of when he will likely return to Australia. I’ll keep you informed as soon as i can.
I’m sorry this is short but i’m about to miss my flight. Thanks for the posistive comments and your support.
Today’s update will be short and sweet.
Last night Monz and I stayed the night at the hospital again giving Mum and Brooke a well deserved night off. We tried to keep Cam awake long enough in the afternoon so he would have a good nights sleep but it was another relatively restless night for Cam and he finally managed to fall asleep around 3am and got a few hours in before the nurses started their morning duties.
Today on a brighter note, we have noticed more some more improvements with his memory loss, for the first time since his crash he was able to take with the help from two nurses 4 small steps from his bed to a chair (when he tried this yesterday, his legs wouldn’t hold his own weight) and he was able to sit up and eat his first full meal which was a Spaghetti Bolognaise which Brooke brought back from how hotel.
Our Dad arrived today and Cam was stoked to see him, although he was pretty tired when Dad got to the hospital he managed a quick smile and went back to sleep. He’s been asking for Dad the last few days so I’m sure when we go back to the hospital shortly, he’ll be stoked.
We also had a visit today from our new friend, Ana who has been very helpful and generous whilst we have been here in Madrid. It was cool for her to come in and met her in person and i’m sure the feeling was like wise for her.
Cam also was able to have a quick chat with one of his best mate Bilko on the phone today, he had no problem remembering who Bilko was and to me that’s another sign of great progress. Anything like this helps to stimulate his brain so the more the better.
We are in the process of working out a plan to get Cam home as the doctors feel he’ll be ok to travel home next Friday. They say it will be much better for the rehab process for him to be home. When he arrives at home, it won’t be over by anymeans. There will be more and regular hospital visits, lot’s of rehab and hard work. He keeps proving to us that he can beat anything, so i have no doubt he’ll be back on a bike in 6 months time. He’s mentioned a few times that he wants to be back on by Christmas 2009. We’ll just have to wait and see hey buddy.
Thanks again for all of your well wishes, i read alot of them to Cam last night and he seamed pretty proud himself. (He still doesn’t understand he’s landed 25 out of 26 Double flips)
To all our family and friends back in Australia, thanks for the support and love. Brooke, Monz, Mum and myself would have found it very hard to get through this week without you.
If i don’t get a chance to write an update tomorrow i’m sure someone will, I’m off to see Real Madrid play tomorrow night. Might as well make the most of being in Madrid. Thanks RED BULL Spain!
Well what a week, it’s almost been a complete 7 days since Cam’s crash and in one way it felt like it was yesterday and in another it feels like it has been a month.
Today Cam’s condition is much the same as yesterdays although once again we have seen some improvements. His memory seams to be getting a little better and his sentences are starting to make some more sense. We have been showing him pictures and video of what’s been happening in Cam’s life recently to help with the memory loss. We even took his trophies from the last two events here in Spain and kept them in his room at the hospital so he knows how good he is. On the downside, he asked the question which i’ve been dreading, “Am i going to miss X Games?” We told him straight up that X is next week and he won’t be healed in time. He was pretty upset about it but we just took his mind off it. We will probably have to tell him again tomorrow.
He has now been taken off the drip and his eating and drinking as well as he can. Although the meals are small he ate 3 meals today. He has been given some exercises to help him with his breathing and his lungs which he has to do each hour during the day (the old Cam came out today when we had to wake him up for this exercise, he wasn’t too happy about it) and seams to have no worries in completing these tasks but the best result for today was when Cam, with help from the nurses got out of bed and sat on the chair next to him. He found this a little uncomfortable after 5 minutes but it was still a great step.
The Doctors explained to us today that he is in great shape, they are also amazed how he has recovered so fast considering this time last week his life was in their hands and narrowly escaped the worst. They are still hopeful that the MRI next Tuesday will prove to be ok and that he should be able to leave Spain on Friday for Melbourne, Australia. We are in the process of sourcing the right Doctors and Hospitals back home in Melbourne for when Cam arrives.
Brooke and Mum spent the night with Cam last night and said he was in a small amount of pain and reasonably uncomfortable through the night but with help of the nursing team he was able to get through night ok. Monz and myself will head back into the hospital shortly and we will spend the night there giving is lovely and very strong fiancé’ Brooke a night off.
Once again, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that helped us get through this week. RedBull Spain has been amazing. Jaime, Patty, Willy and Alvaro, thank you so much, we appreciate what you have done. Amparo from Last Lap has also been a great support and we thank you for everything. To everyone at Metal Mulisha thanks so much for having Cam’s back the way you have. To Rockstar Energy, FOX, Globe, Yamaha, Craig Dack Racing and Electric Visual, the support we’ve had from you guys has been great and as always we really appreciate it. We’d also like to thank the Doctors and Nurses at the hospital here in Madrid, they have been fantastic especially our new friend Yolanda who comes up from ICU to see how Cam is going daily.
Last but not least I can not forget to mention the fans Cam has from all around the world, this has probably been the most overwhelming part. From the messages on his site, the letters sent to the hospital and the gifts sent to the hotel, it has been amazing and we would like to thank each and every one of you for your support.
Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have a bit more to report on but as mentioned at this stage although he still has a very long way to go, he is going a lot better than expected and keeps improving everyday.
G’day and thank you again for stopping by.
Today was a reasonably mellow day in the Cam Sinclair camp however he definately still improved some more.
After a restless night, where he was in quite a bit of pain Cam once again improved a lot with his speech etc. More than anything we can notice he is putting his sentences together much better and making far more sense with what he has to say.
The biggest problem Cam is having is that he has completely lost his memory of the past month and a lot of major things from earlier in his life. He has no recollection off X Fighters here in Madrid or anything to do with his trip to Mallorca the week before.
We have been showing him pictures of himself riding, to try and refresh his memory; it is definately improving but he still has a long way to go. Unfortunately he had also forgotten his good friend Jeremy Lusk had passed away recently and had to be reminded of this tragedy. He also has no recollection of landing the double backflip (despite having landed 26 to date) and commented that it was “sick” when we showed him the photo of himself!
The good news is that Cam was visited today by the doctors who did some tests on him and concluded that his brain was fine and his memory will eventually come back. The problems he is having are only temporary. They are amazed at how quickly he has recovered and once again reminded us that Cam was very very lucky to be alive..
Moving forward, Cam has another CT Scan on his head booked for next Tuesday and if all goes to plan, he may even be able to fly home (on a special medical jet) home to Australia before the end of the week!! It is also important he is under supervision whilst flying due to the damage caused to his liver.
Cam is super excited to go home to his own bed, so that he can recover in comfort.
Day to day he is making great improvements and when we tell him of the amazing support he has been getting from all over the world, he is overwhelmed with appreciation. Thanks to everyone who keeps leaving messages of encouragement to Cam, i can assure you that each and everyone will get to him.
This will be my last update from here in Madrid as i’m heading to the USA to meet with some of Cam’s sponsors, to thank them in person for their support and to visit the X Games. Stay tuned for further updates by Mick and if you haven’t already, subscribe to Cam’s newsletter to be updated first via email. Also we have regular giveaways of cool stuff for randomly selected subscribers!
Until next time, thank you!
Hello everyone, Bailey here again.
Well as you know, Cam’s condition has been improving steadily every day since his accident here in Madrid last Friday. I am really happy to report, today is no exception; once again he has improved considerably since yesterday.
Before we saw him today we had a meeting with his doctor to discuss his condition. This is a standard daily procedure where all ICU patients families can be updated on the patients progress. Luckily for us, our new friends from X Fighters here in spain have been on hand each time to translate for us, as the doctor cannot speak English at all.
Basically everything she had to say today was good and he had improved a lot over night however the biggest news for us was that he was going to be able to be moved out of Intensive Care almost straight away! We were excited that he might be out of ICU this week however it turned out he was out and in the recovery ward by lunch time today! This once again really reassures us that Cam’s condition is no longer ‘critical’ and he is on the road recovery
It was obvious how much he had improved once again. He was far more awake and was speaking really well. Some of his comments and sentences didn’t make all that much sence, but all the same its great to hear him speak! He has absolutely no memory of his accident, or the past two weeks before hand. He had to ask a few times today where he was and Mick explained to him that he had crashed going head to head with Twitch at X Fighters in Madrid. While he is 100% better, his head still is not quite right. At one stage he came out with the comment of the day. In the hospital ward, Brooke asked Cam if he remembered us all and this was his reply.
“If I could remember you, I would remember you; but I can’t right now.”
Confused? So were we! He is getting his thoughts and memory together, but it might take a little time for his brain to catch up to all the information we are feeding him about the past two weeks
The ward Cam is in, is quite hot and not all that comfortable. But the best thing is he can at least have visitors as much as he likes, where as in ICU we could only go in for a few minutes, two people at a time. Tonight, Mick and Brooke are spending the night in the room with him, which i’m sure he will appreciate.
So as you can see, another really positive day! Hopefully tomorrow brings more good news, so we’ll update you all again then!
Thanks again for your support.
Hey everyone, Bailey here. I arrived in Madrid today from Melbourne, so Mick is having a night off!
Firstly I must agree that Cam has been incredibly well looked after here in Madrid. The medical staff are extremely nice and have tried to be accomodating towards us spending time with him. By all accounts his progress since the accident last Friday has been great. It took my breath away for the first couple of minutes, when reality set in just how serious this accident was and how lucky he is, but considering, he looks really well.
Cam took two major steps forward today. The first being that the doctors have now taken him off the sedatives and he is officially no longer in a coma. They had been slowly reducing his dosage over the past two days, however today he was taken off them altogether.
What this means is that we will continue to see more and more signs of Cam’s “normal” behaviour coming through. Unfortunately though the downside is that Cam is visibly in more pain and more uncomfortable than before. Still this is a great step in the right direction. I have a feeling he’s going to get a little frustrated in the coming days, especially since the right side of his body is pretty beaten up and extremely painful. You can see in his face it hurts to move at all, and he is still unable to talk.
The second great step for Cam today was that they removed the tubes etc from his throat and wind pipe. Previously they were worried that his wind pipe may be damaged and require surgery to enable him to breath properly, however today’s examination proved this was not the case. Doctors fed a camera down Cam’s throat to assess the damage and everything was fine. His condition continues to improve which is a great relief to us all.
The doctors also made mention today that if Cam were to keep improving at the rate that he is, he may only have to be in intensive care for a few more days. It would be so good to see him in a ward, where we can spend more time with him and he will be more comfortable.
All in all, he is definately on the right track! I also have to say a huge thanks to the guys from Red Bull X Fighters for bringing us out to be by his side. Along with so many others they have been fantastic.
Thanks to everyone for their support.
Brooke, Monz, Mum and myself just returned from the Hospital Gregorio Maranon here in Madrid, which before i even start this update i will say that the Hospital and Hospital staff have been fantastic and Cam is in the best hands possible.
Cam has made some massive improvements over the last 24 hours, although he is not out of the woods yet and is still in intensive care he has came leaps and bounds since yesterday. I suppose the best result from today is that the bleeding on the brain is very minor and is not the cause for the lack of movement on his right side. We think he his finding it tough to move the right side of his body to landing on that side. He has a fractures of the Right Shoulder Blade, Right Cheek bone, and Right Shoulder Cup. These injuries can be fixed relatively easily so we are just glad that the problem we though we had yesterday is confirmed not to be a problem.
The second bit of news we got today is that the repaired Liver is functioning and working as good as it can.
When we walked into ICU tonight his eyes lit up again, although he is still heavily sedated he knew we were there and was happy about it. We read him a few comments that people had left and you could tell he was trying to have a laugh, especially from the comments from Mase, OX and good friend Boka. I taking a small Australian Flag and put Sincs stickers on it, i told him to open his eyes and check it out, he did and gave us a nod, i asked him if he wanted me to stick it to his bed and he nodded again and opened his eyes once more.
The coolest thing about seeing Cam was just before we left him and here is where i’ll hand it over to his fiance Brooke. “It was the best! As i was leaving i said “i’ll give u a million kisses, he nodded yes”. As i took a step away he opened his eyes so i blew him a kiss, he put his lips together and blew one back.”
We have had a lot of requests from friends and fans wanting to send things to Cam at the hospital. This is fantastic and i’m sure it will bring a big smile to his face, but we ask if you could please direct them to Hotel as he is still in ICU. The address is:
Hotel NH Parque Avenidas
28028 Madrid, Espana
The support we’ve had during the past has been unbelievable. We cannot thank RedBull Spain enough for everything they continue you to do. Toby, Brian and everyone else at Metal Mulisha for all their support and making sure we have everthing we need. Everyone at FOX (Monza Imports) for their support and calming words. The fans for leaving Cam messages on this site, reading these to him has made him realize how much support is out there for him, Docter G back in LA for helping us understand exactly what’s going on with Cam and his situation. Maddo and Amy for everything they did and have offered and to all our friends and family.
We get to see him again tomorrow at midday and 7pm (Madrid) so will try my hardest to do another update in 24 hours.
Well after 28 hours of travelling, i’m finally in Madrid. I went from the airport straight to the hospital and was allowed to see him after hours. When i saw him the 28 hours was worth every second. Brooke and Monz had prepared me for the worst in regards to the way he looked so i was prepared for the machines, the tubes, the grazes all over his face and body.
I told him i was here and he opened his eyes and tried a little smile. I asked him to squeeze my hand and he gave it a squeeze. I then told him to check out the T-Shirt i was wearing, it was a SOUTHSIDE/BRONTE HOLLAND T and his eyes almost popped out of his head and tried to sit up. It was a great reaction.
We met with the Neurosurgeon not long after and they checked his brain for a second time. This time they found bleeding deep inside his brain and this maybe the reason why he can’t move the right side of his body very well. They said that it could repair itself and he will be fine and of course they have to tell us the worst that he may not be able to use that side of his body that well which i’m sure won’t be the case.
Now that he is breathing by himself, there was talk today that he may have the tubes removed from his mouth and nose which will make him a bit more comfortable.
We have been completely overwhelmed by the support we have received. From everyone here at RedBull Spain with helping Mum, Bailey and myself get here to Spain. The Metul Mulisha with organising Docter G in the US to relay back to us what the Spanish doctors have been saying. Once again Maddo and Amy, words can’t describe how much we appreciate everything they did while they were here and all the support from back home from the text msgs we have been getting, emails from friends and the massive amount of fans, the Australian media, Fullnoise and Facebook.
We go back in tomorrow at 12noon for an update and then we get to see him at 12:30pm (11 hours time). I’ll update everyone when i get a chance tomorrow.
The doctors have asked us to chat with him while we are in there with him. If you could please leave a msg for him here on the site and i’ll print them out each day and read them to him.
As most will have heard by now, Sincs was seriously injured in Madrid on the weekend when he under rotated a double backflip.
Since the accident Cam has been fighting for his life in a critical condition in Madrid. He suffered a broken shoulder, broken cheek bone, a ruptured liver and was knocked unconscious. Due to the rupture in his liver he had emergency surgery for internal bleeding. Thankfully surgeons were able to stop the bleeding.
At this stage Cam remains in a critical condition, however has improved over night. He has opened his eyes and is responding to instructions to raise his arms and squeeze his fiance Brooke’s hand. This is great news, as there was bruising on his brain; the fact that he is responding to their commands is a really really good sign.
I will try to update you as soon as i know more.
Thanks to everyone for their great support.
Continuing on from what can only be described as a stellar 2009 to date, Cam Sinclair has his sights set on top spot, for this weekend’s fourth round of the Red Bull X Fighters series in Madrid, Spain.
The X Fighters is arguably the most prestigious Freestyle Motocross championship in the world, Madrid will host the penultimate round of the series this Saturday night (July 18) with the final round being held in London on August 22. Currently Sinclair sits in sixth place overall, due to missing round two in Canada because of Crusty Demons of Dirt Tour commitments.
The last round held in Fort Worth, Texas, saw Sinclair make history with the first ever double backflip landed in a competition run; despite injuring his ankles in the process, the 25 year old still managed a credible third place overall result.
Thanks to extensive physio therapy upon returning home to Botanic Ridge in Victoria, Sinclair says he is ready to take the next step and bring home his first ever X Fighters victory.
“In Texas, I was a little nervous about landing the double flip, so the rest of my run wasn’t quite as good as it could be; going into this weekend in Madrid I am more than ready to ride my best and push hard for the win!” Cam Sinclair said.
This past weekend, Sinclair performed yet another perfect double flip in front of 20,000 screaming Spaniards in Mallorca, an island off the mainland of Spain (See Pic Attached). A strong result in Madrid, would be perfect preparation for Sinclair leading up to the X Games in LA beginning July 29.
“I’m feel awesome for X Fighters this weekend and can’t wait for X Games in LA. I have always dreamt of an X Games medal so I’ll be giving my all to make it happen!” Sinclair said.