Shorttracker Van Ruijven’s condition gets worse: ‘Lara fights for her life’

The medical condition of shorttracker Lara van Ruijven has deteriorated. The world champion on the 500 meters was last week seriously ill in a French hospital in Perpignan.

There it turned out that Van Ruijven suffers from an immune system disorder. Serious complications, including internal bleeding, developed during the weekend. The 27-year-old shorttracker has now had two operations, but this has not improved her situation. Her condition is still critical.

Artificial coma

Van Ruijven stays in intensive care, where she is kept in an artificial coma. It is expected that this situation will not improve for the time being.

“Lara is currently fighting for her life“, Jeroen Otter, national coach of the Dutch short trackers, says in a press release. “With incredible perseverance she has won the world title on the ice, but this battle is much harder. We all empathize with her and hope with all our hearts that she will come out of this.”

Van Ruijven stayed with the national short track selection for a training camp in the French town of Font Romeu. The national team will stay there for the time being in order to support Van Ruijven.

Over the past few days there have been many expressions of support for the shorttracker. Her family informs from France that these reactions are also a huge support for them. “We are very grateful to everyone for that”, says Van Ruijven’s father.