From the BBC - I hope he makes a full recovery and competes again, maybe sooner than we think.http://news6.thdo.bbc.co.uk/sport/hi...00/1508464.stm
Monday, 27 August, 2001, 10:21 GMT 11:21 UK
Maier escapes amputation
Austrian skier Hermann Maier could be out of intensive care by the end of the week, according to his doctor.
The double Olympic champion sustained multiple injuries when he was thrown from his bike in a collision near the Austrian town of Radstadt on Friday.
But he no longer faces the prospect of losing a limb, according to his surgeon, Arthur Trost.
"The risk of amputation has now passed," Trost said.
Maier, who also sustained a severe compound fracture of the leg and serious damage to muscle tissue, has improved steadily over the course of the weekend.
"Hermann Maier is in a much better condition than he was Saturday," said Alois Karlbauer, medical director at the Salzburg clinic where Maier is being treated.
"He has seen for himself that his leg is still there and that he can move his toes."
Trost added that initial kidney problems were well under control but admitted that Maier suffered shock after his leg was almost taken off in the accident.
"He really panicked," said Trost.
Maier's family stated that despite an intial period of depression, his spirits have lifted since surgeons assured him that he would not lose his leg.
The accident threatened the end of his career after the Austrian badly broke his leg when he crashed into a car driven by a 73-year-old German man.
Maier reportedly hit the rear left side of the vehicle and was thrown into a roadside gully. The accident is still being investigated.
He was taken by helicopter to hospital in the city of Salzburg and immediately underwent emergency surgery.
Doctors operated on Maier for over seven hours at a Salzburg hospital and a plastic surgeon had to graft skin from Maier's left upper-arm to the right leg.
Since the accident Maier's doctors said he had been gently exercising his muscles and doing breathing exercises.
One of the team of doctors treating him, Johannes Zeibig even offered a glimmer of hope that Maier could even surprise everybody on the road to recovery:
"It is not impossible that Hermann can return to top fitness."
Maier's personal trainer Heinrich Bergmuller concurred, insisting that:
"He has the kind of physical makeup which would allow him to return to full fitness without any problems.
"When the doctors give the go-ahead for training to resume he could get his fitness back in a month if he really wanted to."