Madrid, Spain – June 1, 2020 – After around 43 days in the intensive care unit and several brain surgeries due to a congenital disorder called arteriovenous malformation (AVM), Spanish rider, Juan Matute Guimon has been transferred out of the ICU to a normal hospital room at the Jiménez Díaz Foundation University Hospital to begin rehabilitation.
Over the last two weeks, the 22-year-old rider gained consciousness and has continued to impress his medical team with his daily improvements.
One of the top ranked riders for Spain, Matute Guimon qualified for the FEI World Cup Finals for the first time this year, which he had hoped to attend prior to the cancellation due to COVID-19. However, he fought for his life in May after he collapsed after a ride on Tuesday, May 5 and was airlifted to the Hospital Universitario la Paz in Madrid. It was there that doctors discovered he was experiencing severe brain bleeding due to an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) involving convoluted tangle of veins and arteries prone to high pressure due to arterial blood flow. After doctors determined the difficult location of the bleeding and stopped the bleeding in a 3-hour surgery, Matute Guimon was transferred to Jimenez Diaz Foundation University Hospital for a complex 7-hour specialized surgery. Several leading neurosurgeons successfully performed the complex and high risk procedure that he needed to survive.
His sister Paula Matute Guimon, who has been providing updates on her brother’s condition via social media from her location in Wellington, Florida, posted most recently on June 15: “Let the rehab of the champion begin!”