Juan Matute Guimon Shows “Great Improvement” in Latest CAT Scan, Sedation to be Reduced

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May 20, 2020

Juan Matute Guimon showed “great improvement” in a CAT scan in a Madrid hospital Wednesday, his sister reported, with sedation to be reduced to bring him out of the coma he has been in since collapsing 15 days ago.

The CAT scan on the 22-year-old Spanish team rider was the second since a lengthy and delicate operation at the Jiménez Díaz Foundation hospital in Madrid last Saturday to repair a congenital malformation in his brain.

The Instagram report by Paula Matute Guimon, Juan’s 24-year-old sister:

Juan was hospitalized after he collapsed following his daily riding on May 5.

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

Juan rides for Spain as he always has although he is also an American citizen. He became an American two years ago and a decade after the family moved to Wellington, Florida.

He is the second and third highest Spanish rider on different horses on the world rankings 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 Covid-19 pandemic.

He moved to Madrid two years ago to pursue his riding career and attend university following an outstanding international career through youth and Under-25 competitions to Big Tour.

He was on the Spanish team at the World Equestrian Games in 2018 that earned the nation a start at the Tokyo Games.

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.

His father, three-time Olympian for Spain Juan Matute Aziptarte and mother, Maria, were both in Madrid at the time and have maintained bedside vigil.