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Juan Matute Guimon In Critical Condition in Spain

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
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Spanish Olympic short listed rider Juan Matute Guimon has been hospitalized in critical condition with brain bleeding on May 5 2020.

Juan Matute Guimon

The 22-year old had been struggling with severe headaches all week. Yesterday he felt unwell after riding, got off his horse, collapsed and lost consciousness. He was air lifted by helicopter to the Madrid city hospital Ramon y Cajal, where he was diagnosed with severe brain bleeding. He is now in a coma.

His condition remained critical overnight and doctors are working to stabilize him first before further testing will be done.

Juan's parents, former Spanish team rider Juan Matute Azpitarte and his mother Maria, are with Juan in Madrid. Juan's sister Paula Matute is still in Wellington, Florida, which used to be the winter base of the Matute family. 

“Juan was suffering from headaches for the last week, but we thought it was an allergy," said father Juan sr. "He has very serious bleeding in the brain and is in very critical condition. As a positive young man he is fighting to win the big competition of his life."

"My brother Juan is suffering from severe brain bleeding and he is in critical condition, the cause is yet unknown," his sister Paula posted on Instagram. "More than ever I ask that we all unite, come together to give my brother the strength he needs to battle."

Matute is based at the yard of Russian-Spanish Cristina Khamidoulin in  Moraleja de Enmedio, Spain, half an hour from Madrid city centre.

Aboard his 2018 Spanish WEG team horse Quantico he is short listed for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. With Don Diego he had qualified for the 2020 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, which were cancelled due to Covid-19. Juan is the 2015 European Junior Kur Champion.