Motorcycle racer Vincent Haskovec was admitted Friday to Long Beach Memorial Hospital in Long Beach, California with a serious infection in his back, at the site of the original surgery he underwent to insert two titanium rods and 10 screws in his spine.
Haskovec crashed during the AMA Formula Xtreme race at Infineon Raceway and suffered spinal injuries May 14; he originally underwent surgery May 16 in San Jose, California.
Haskovec is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday to address the problem, including removal of infected tissue and bone and possible placement of removed bone with bone grafts.
If the hardware is also involved with the infection, the hardware will have to be removed and Haskovec will be facing several months in the hospital, basically starting over in terms of spinal stabilization.
“I was complaining about having seizures at night and a lot of pain,” said Haskovec today. “I thought it was part of the deal, but in my therapy I was talking to some guys I was exercising with and they didn’t have the problems. So I went to a wound doctor Friday and ended up in the hospital. It was shocking to me, I thought I was long enough in the hospital.”
Haskovec lives in Lake Elsinore, California.
Well wishes can be directed to Haskovec at email@example.com or c/o Team Hammer, Inc., Team M4 EMGO Suzuki, PO Box 183, Wildomar, CA 92595-0183.