April 13, 2006 – Credit Agricole’s Saul Raisin continues to improve and he is beginning to come out of his medically induced coma after a horrific crash which left the young American rider with a cerebral edema on April 4, after Stage 1 of the Circuit de Sarthes. According to reports from the Dalton Daily Citizen, Raisin’s uncle John said that he is able to move his extremities and shows no signs of paralysis.
In the company of his mother and father in France, Raisin was able to recognize his parents and answered yes-or-no questions correctly by squeezing their hands – a standard procedure for his type of brain injury. Uncle John Raisin was quoted as saying “He got all the questions right. He squeezed once for yes and twice for no. This was his best day yet. We’re all very excited.”