Fabien Barel posted up the chilling words below on his Facebook page, following a gnarly crash in Chile. Wish Fabien well and make sure you follow him on FB. We're all happy you're in stable condition, Fab!

A close call !

We are racers and determination, dedication are pushing us to give it all every weekend. Our commitment is not so much for the win at the end but to get the adrenaline of giving our maximum... Or should I say "optimum"

After 5 hours in Chillan hospital, a scanner of the head, neck and Back, I was standing in a waiting room with a strong back pain.

I broke so many bones that I can almost do diagnostic myself...
The day before when I kept on riding after the crash I new that ribs or apophyses (wings on the side of the vertebrae) were broken. I felt the cracked during the crash. But there is not so much you can do for this and accept the pain. As anyway it cannot really get worst.
But the next morning, the pain was more centralized along the vertebrae and this is the main reason why I did not keep on riding for the race and the points.

I am standing there and could see nurses and the doc coming at me a little panic. In their slowest Spanish for me to understand , They are telling me that I should not move.

The 8th dorsal vertebrae is badly broken at 1.2mm of the spine and where the nerves connecting all legs movements are.

I am starting to redo the all film, how much I pushed in the pain the next day and how much risks I took without realizing the consequences...

I am now laying down with my back all stabilized and realizing how lucky I am...

Lucky to walk, lucky to soon ride and Damn how good was time here in Chile, damn how good was the drifts in the sand at the beginning of that stage ...

I am a lucky men, but that was a close call !

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If you haven't watched Dirt TV Day 2 from Chile, note that Fabien is interviewed prior to his diagnosis at about 35-seconds into the video. Scary stuff to think he's shattered internally as he speaks.

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  • Mr. P

    4/22/2014 9:29 PM

    No one wants to go sit in an ER for hours for what might be. Thanks for your wisdom and sharing it.


  • Chuck Norris

    4/22/2014 10:49 AM

    Fabien, you listened to your body and the pain you were experiencing which is good, but always check in with the medics and a doctor after a bad crash. They're trained professionals who can find something you've missed. Thank God you did not get paralyzed. I would strongly consider wearing a back plate from now on. With the speed people carry these days it's just too gnarly not to wear one... besides - no one has ever received a crash replacement for their spine. Rest easy, and heal up soon!

  • Solidautomech

    4/22/2014 7:38 AM

    Hope you heal up even faster than you ride Fabien!

  • Big Bird

    4/22/2014 7:25 AM

    Before fancy scanners, I wonder how many broken backs and necks went undiagnosed?

  • mrpowerjd

    4/21/2014 9:54 PM

    Amazing that he kept throwing down the times he did on day one after the crash! Heal up, Fabien!

  • Mastersonrj

    4/21/2014 7:55 PM

    God speed

  • Bristecom

    4/21/2014 7:19 PM

    Fabien is an epic rider. Glad he'll be ok. Does anyone have video of the crash?

  • Triber66

    4/21/2014 2:56 PM

    Wow....I don't know if you believe in angels, but surely there was one watching over you this weekend! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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