Feb 16, 2014, 8:17 AM EDT
After undergoing six-and-a-half hour surgery yesterday, skicross racer Maria Komissarova may be airlifted out of Sochi to another hospital for further treatment according to Russian officials.
Komissarova sustained a fracture of the 12th dorsal vertebrae in her lower back during a training accident yesterday.
She was promptly taken to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery, which has been deemed successful.
A metal implant was placed in Komissarova’s spine as part of the surgery according to Russia’s freestyle skiing federation.
The team’s head of press, Mikhail Verzhba, said that doctors would determine whether Komissarova will indeed go to another clinic but noted a charter plane has been arranged for transport, just in case.
“Logistically, we have been totally prepared,” he said.
Russian president Vladimir Putin visited Komissarova in the hospital yesterday. As for her condition, Verzhba called it “grave but stable.”
“It’s considered satisfactory taking into account the gravity of the trauma,” Verzhba added.
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