Juan Matute Guimón addressed well-wishers on social media for the first time since collapsing and falling unconscious almost seven weeks ago from a brain bleed.
“I’m back and stronger than ever,” Matute Guimón, 22, shared with his 64,800 Instagram followers on June 19. “Thank you to everyone for your love, support, and prayers.”
On May 5, Matute Guimón was airlifted to the Hospital Universitario La Paz in Madrid. He underwent emergency surgeries on May 6 and 9 to stop the bleed, which was determined to be caused by an arteriovenous malformation— an abnormal connection of blood vessels—found in the hypothalamus region of his brain, the website EuroDressage.com reported.
Matute Guimón was transported to the Hospital Universitario Fundación Jiménez Díaz a few days later for a seven-hour surgery to repair the malformation. Doctors began reversing the medically induced coma on May 20, and Matute Guimón moved from the intensive care unit to a step-down unit on June 15.