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Former U.S. road champion Dale Stetina is scheduled to leave Craig Hospital on Monday, according to a post by his daughter Kate to the family’s Caringbridge.com webpage.
“We have an exciting announcement,” Kate Stetina wrote on Thursday. “This Monday, 12/16, Dad will be leaving Craig!! After a long time of the discharge date getting pushed back and navigating complications figuring out post-Craig arrangements, we have a final plan. Dad will fly to Omaha, Nebraska, and enter the therapy program at a facility called QLI.”
In September, Stetina suffered a traumatic brain stem injury in a crash, which reportedly came after a driver pulled across the oncoming traffic lane ahead of a group of cyclists in Lefthand Canyon near Boulder, Colorado. He was initially treated at Boulder Community Hospital before transferring to the Craig rehabilitation facility to begin rehab in late September.
Stetina is the father of Garmin-Sharp’s Peter Stetina and the brother of Shimano USA vice president Wayne Stetina.
“One of the hardest parts of all this has been all the unknowns,” wrote Kate Stetina. “For now, a major two are resolved: Dad will continue in another several months of therapy post Craig at QLI, and dad will be independent, given enough time and therapy. Further unknowns include the timeframe of these things, and his final outcome. For now, I guess we will work on relinquishing control and worry about those things.”