Juan Matute Guimon Being Treated With Drugs for Inflammation in Brain

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Hospital Universitario la Paz

May 8, 2020

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

An inflammation has developed in the brain of Juan Matute Guimon that reports from inside the Madrid hospital Friday say is being treated with drugs.

The inflammation was confirmed after the 22-year-old Spanish dressage team rider underwent brain surgery for three hours at the Hospital Universitario la Paz to deal with bleeding in the brain.

A possible second operation was delayed while the inflammation was being treated with drugs.

Doctors were also considering the possibility that the inflammation may have been caused by the initial bleeding.

Juan collapsed Tuesday after a riding lesson with his father, Juan Matute Aziptarte, a three-time Olympian for Spain, who lives in Wellington, Florida. Juan’s mother, Maria, is also in Madrid.

Juan was helicoptered to Hospital Universitario la Paz, perhaps the top hospital in the country.

Covid-19 was ruled out as the cause of Juan’s medical issue after a coronavirus test was negative.

He was said to have shown some improvement over his condition when he was admitted to the hospital.

The second surgery was planned to make more repairs in a highly sensitive and difficult to reach part of the brain.

Juan had returned to Spain after competing at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington in February that likely clinched him a start at what would have been his first World Cup Final, scheduled for Las Vegas in mid-April but canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He rode on the Spanish team at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in 2018 that earned the nation a start at the Olympics in Tokyo that have been delayed for a year to the summer of 2021. He has been campaigning to be named one of three rider and horse combinations on the Spanish dressage team for Tokyo.