Juan Matute Guimon Shows “Light Improvement” in CT Scan 5 Days After Brain Surgery

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Juan Matute Guidon. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

May 14, 2020

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Juan Matute Guimon underwent a CT scan Thursday that showed “light improvement” five days after surgery in Madrid to repair a “congenital malformation” in his brain, his father reported.

The 22-year-old Spanish team rider would continue to be sedated “a bit longer, whatever is good for his brain the rest and recover,” Juan Matute Aziptarte, Juan’s father, told dressage-news.com.

“It’s a long battle and we keep strong.”

Juan is hospitalized at Jiménez Díaz Foundation facility where he underwent a lengthy operation last Saturday. He had collapsed May 5 after riding.

He was found to be bleeding from a rupture in a critical and difficult to reach part of the brain.

The operation last Saturday was to repair the rupture.

Juan became an American citizen along with his family two years ago and a decade after moving to Wellington, Florida but rides under the Spanish flag. On the world standings, he is the second and third highest Spanish rider on different horses and was campaigning for one of the three places on Spain’s team at the Olympics in Tokyo. The Games that were delayed for a year to the summer of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He has lived in Madrid for the past two years pursuing his riding career and attending university.

Juan returned to Wellington this winter to clinch a start at the World Cup Final that was to be staged in Las Vegas a month ago but was canceled because of the pandemic.