Rider Update: Weston Peick

More information on Weston Peick's injury

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Wednesday 26 December (23:50).

Now that Weston Peick is back in the United States and focussing on getting back to one hundred percent, there have not been too many updates. The JGR Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing rider released this statement over Christmas, however, so that his fans know what is going on. The statement can be read below.

"Little update for everyone, I've been making small improvements daily. I've had a lot of Dr. appointments trying to get the best information possible and so far it's all a time game from here. I'm doing all I can to heal as fast as I can. Hope all of you have a great Christmas."

Sunday 02 December (14:05).

Weston Peick has spoken out about the injury that he sustained in Paris for the first time and attached great news; he will fly home to the United States on Tuesday. The full statement that he released, which contains a graphic image, can be checked out below.

Sunday 25 November (22:30).

Weston Peick's second surgery has now been completed and Road 2 Recovery have released another update, which contains a lot of positivity.

"Weston Peick is recovering nicely at Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière after a seven hour surgery to address his multiple facial fractures that concluded late yesterday evening. This surgery went longer than expected due to the extensive trauma to and around his eyes and nose. According to Peick's doctors his second surgery was a success. They were able to repair all the damage he sustained and expect to remove his tracheostomy tube as early as Tuesday, November 27th. With a possible release date as early as Friday, November 30, if he meets all release requirements.

"Due to the successful second surgery that had no complications and the proficient surgically staff, once the tracheostomy tube is removed Peick will be cleared for non-medical assisted air transport. He will be required to have non-assisted commercial air transport but that will be a fraction of the expected cost. Peick will have a long road to a full recovery once he’s back in California. According to his Paris surgeons, the damage he sustained to his right eye will require treatment from a specialist and he will need another less invasive nose surgery once the swelling has gone down.

"Peick has had some of the best care possible during this trying time mainly due to the fast response of Eric Peronnard and everyone involved with the Paris Supercross. Louie Peick, Weston’s father and fiancé Kelly would like to thank everyone that has donated to his cause and have sent positive messages and prayers. With this support for Weston, it's one less thing that they will have to focus on."

Friday 23 November (23:01).

Updates have been sparse since Road 2 Recovery released the update below, as Weston Peick has been waiting for a second surgery, but now his fiancée has provided some more information.

"As a brief update, we are waiting for Weston to have his second extensive facial reconstruction surgery. Due to unpredictable trauma circumstances, the operating room availability may not happen for a couple days. Weston is still relying on his tracheostomy tube for breathing and I cannot wait to hear his voice again. The swelling is gradually decreasing. There are so many hurdles yet to cross for recovery, yet I am so very thankful for any forward progress. Once again, thank-you for all the heartfelt prayers, concern and generosity."

Tuesday 20 November (23:51).

Road 2 Recovery have now released more details on the injuries that Weston Peick sustained in Paris, France, on Saturday night. The extensive statement confirms that he is expected to make a full recovery, which is good news, but the process Peick must go through to get to that point will be both lengthy and painful. Getting back to the United States would really make him a lot more comfortable and therefore a donation page has been created to help him return home. The statement from R2R can be found below.

"AutoTrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing rider Weston Peick underwent an extensive first surgery late last night at the hospital he was transported to after is collision with Dylan Ferrandis during the opening night of the 2018 Paris Supercross. Peick was heavily sedated to help relieve the extreme pain from his injuries and post-op surgeries. His first successful surgery was to fix the multiple nose, eye and other facial fractures including two breaks in his jaw and dual dislocation of the jaw bone from his skull. His injuries are extensive and very serious but the doctors have confirmed no brain or spinal damage has occurred, and he is expected to make a full recovery. Peick is now awake and under minor sedation to help offset the tremendous pain he is in. His physicians are assessing his status and starting phase two of his treatment to determine the timeline for his second surgery.

Weston Peick crashed in the third main event on the first night in Paris
Weston Peick crashed in the third main event on the first night in Paris (Jey Crunch)

"Peick, his father Louie, fiancée Kelly, and mechanic Travis are with him as he recovers from his first surgery. Being so far away from home, the medical care they are accustom to, and the language barrier is making the recovery process a bit more difficult on everyone. Staying in France for the second surgery will be a long and expensive process. It is the only option for him, as air transfer is not a safe option yet, due to the trauma he sustained to his face. Peick is expected to undergo his second surgery within seven days from now with a hopeful US transfer date of ten days post-opt making that an expected home arrival around early December. Once he is medically released, both his Paris doctors and US surgeons are expecting him to require medical assisted air transport to safely fly. The total cost to transport him back home to the ‘States is projected around $104,000.00, this is not including the bills from his over three weeks in the hospital.

"The extended international hospital stay, two surgeries, and medically necessary assisted air transfer are accumulating towering medical bills that Peick’s international and US insurance policies will not cover 100% of. Longtime supporter of Road 2 Recovery, Peick is now in need of our support. Road 2 Recovery’s board members have approved a grant to contribute to the funds needed to get Weston back home. The medical bills are projected to be far greater than his insurance and the R2R grant can cover. A R2R-Fund has been set up to get him back home. You can help support Weston by making a tax deductible donation here. All funds raised will go towards his substantial medical bills and the medical air transport.

"The Peick family’s main goal is to get Weston back home to the States as safely as possible so he can get back to doing what he loves most, racing. Weston’s road back to racing will be a long and difficult one; but one that will be achievable with the support from family, friends, and fans. Any contribution towards Peick’s R2R-Fund is greatly appreciated and will go a long way. He and his family are very grateful for all the love, prayer and positive thoughts everyone has sent his way."

It's currently unknown exactly when Weston Peick will return to the US
It's currently unknown exactly when Weston Peick will return to the US (Jey Crunch)

Tuesday 20 November (09:44).

Fans across the globe have been extremely concerned about Weston Peick since that horrific crash in the first turn in Paris on Saturday night. It took a while for an official statement to be shared, as his family understandably wanted privacy in the tough time, but now his fiancée has released an update that can be found below. The first surgery has been performed in France.

"Thank-you for all your thoughts and prayers for Weston and I as he recovers from this awful crash. Updating is extremely difficult because I prefer privacy right now, but the outpouring of concern and questions deserves some insight. Weston has no less than ten significant facial fractures. The first surgery was spent rebuilding his jaw so he could breath through his neck. He was cut open extensively and once he awakens from an induced coma he will be in tremendous pain. He is swollen and bruised so badly that his face is unrecognisable. The road to recovery will be long and painful. More surgeries will be needed. Recovery has only just begun. We are in France and the language barrier is making things even more difficult. I am as broken as he is. There are no words to describe the pain."

Weston Peick has a significant road to recovery, evidently, so continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers. This post will be updated with more information when another statement is released.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: @Crunch724

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