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Canberra BMX star Caroline Buchanan is expected to make a full recovery from multiple injuries suffered in an off-road vehicle rollover on a Cooma property on 30 December.
Buchanan is recovering in Canberra Hospital after treatment for a broken sternum, nose and collapsed lungs.
Cycling Australia said she was with a friend in an off-road vehicle on private property outside Canberra when the accident happened on Saturday afternoon.
An upbeat Buchanan has shared a photo of herself in hospital after the accident on social media.
“I wouldn’t say 2017 ended quite as planned. Its been a rough couple of days in ICU after a vehicle roll. I just moved to a private room and everything is moving in a positive recovery direction. Injuries are… Broken sternum, broken nose, collapsed lungs. I’ll keep you guys up to date as we go. Happy New Year! Off season just got a little more tough!!” she said in an Instagram post.
“Getting the lung drainage cord out today was the best feeling! Had about 2 litres drained out since my accident….. Been getting read all your amazing messages of support. Thank you!!!!”
Cycling Australia said the family had confirmed that Caroline was in good spirits and that everything had been moving in a positive direction.
“She is expected to make a full recovery and will keep fans updated on her progress via her social media channels,” it said.