Olympic eventer Carl Bouckaert on the mend after motorbike accident

Carl Bouckaert: "First time leaving the bed in 1 month. Never seen a bigger a smile!" his son Stan, reported on Thursday.
Carl Bouckaert: “First time leaving the bed in 1 month. Never seen a bigger a smile!” his son Stan, reported on Thursday.

Belgian Olympic eventer Carl Bouckaert, the owner of Chattahoochee Hills Eventing in the US, remains in hospital in Boston a month after sustaining injuries in a dirt biking accident on his farm in Georgia.

Bouckaert, 51, who has lived in the US since 1978, rode at the 2000 and 2012 Olympic Games for Belgium, as well as two World Equestrian Games, in 1998 and 2006.

Since his accident Bouckaert has had 11 surgeries, and is finally on the mend, according to an update from his son, Stan.

“The doctors in Boston feel good about the last surgery and he’s complication-free after 60 hours! The first 48 are the most critical but they’d like for him to make it at least 5 or 6 days to be sure that everything is healing as it should.”

Bouckaert was able to get out of bed and into a wheelchair on Thursday for the first time since the accident on December 13.

Family members including his daughter, Nathalie Pollard, who is married to US eventer Michael Pollard, are keeping well-wishers updated on Carl’s condition on Caring Bridge.

Bouckaert is also chairman of the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition, which is working to introduce horse racing to the state of Georgia.

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