Albrecht suffers lung contraction

Updated: January 29, 2009, 7:58 AM ET
Associated Press

INNSBRUCK, Austria -- Swiss skier Daniel Albrecht suffered a lung contraction Thursday following small bleeds in the organ while in an induced coma a week after a downhill training crash.

Albrecht received artificial respiration to fight the contraction, the Innsbruck University hospital, where he is being treated, said in a statement.

"This is a common reaction of the lungs following several minor bleeds," hospital spokesman Johannes Schwamberger said. "It's no reason for worries and the contraction will disappear as soon as the bleeds have stopped."

The complication resulted in a further delay of the wake-up procedure as Albrecht will be kept in an induced coma until his lungs have sufficiently recovered, the hospital said.

Albrecht suffered brain and lung injuries following a crash in training for a World Cup downhill event in Kitzbuehel, Austria, seven days ago.

The brain injury was without complications, the hospital said.

The 25-year-old Albrecht is the reigning super-combined world champion and has two World Cup victories this season and four overall. He is 10th in the overall World Cup standings.


Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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