Once in the university hospital of Kraków his CT scan showed a fracture of C1 .

This needed urgent surgery to fuse his spine from C1-4.

He was transferred to intensive care and kept in a medically induced coma for two weeks.

His recovery was far from straight forward and he developed a pneumonia and then had a tracheostomy to aid weaning.

Finally he was fit enough for the transfer home, and was flown back with a medical escort and oxygen for the flight.