28 days have passed since that Friday of shocking news, the tension of the moment and the angst that followed. Clemente Zavaleta (m.), son of Clement and Maria Emilia Fernandez Rousse, one of the golden triplets, He was playing one of the tournaments of the United States polo season as a member of the Alegria team when, in a seemingly risk-free action, he found himself on the ground after falling from his horse. Corchito Zavaleta, 36, hit the ground and the animal, with its 500 kilos, went over him.
He was treated in court in Palm Beach, Florida, where he was unconscious for 15 minutes, and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. In a medicated coma, underwent surgery for multiple clots in the head to decompress the area. Although this is not the only part affected by the blow: he also suffered the fracture of several ribs and one of the lungs was punctured impact product.
Since then, Zavaleta’s (h.) health has gone through different stages, within a serious picture. Some days better, others less. In this class of accidents, the priority in the first days after is to stabilize the patient and control intracranial pressure. This alone is cause for optimism. But the recovery process is usually long. The problem, in the case of the son of the triplet, is that the rib fractures damaged a lung and there was the other cause for concern. “The Day to Day Fight”a colleague of a corkscrew. The one who stays asleep.
Prayer chains, as they were made at the time on the occasion of the falls of Pedro Heguy (already retrieved), Diego Araya and Tomas Dartiguelongue (recovering), the latest cases of accidents during a polo match, and good vibes accompany each day. But everything takes time. These days, one of the additional problems that Zavaleta (h.) faces is an intra-hospital virus, which can occur with long-term hospitalization.
the polo player sometimes has low oxygen saturation, which makes recovery difficult and the possibility for doctors to move forward on other open fronts. For example, they cannot operate on him again until he overcomes the presence of the bacteria and solves the problem with the ribs. Lung damage and low saturation are issues of particular attention and concern. A few days ago he suffered a tracheotomy to compensate for the respiratory deficit.
The definition of “day-to-day struggle” is as it is, without exaggeration. Some estimates of relatives speak of a process of “several months of hospitalization in the best case”.
The messages of support throughout this period have been moving. And many more relatives. Like that of her younger sister Sonia, who at the time was posting on Instagram. In a photo where her brother is seen as a child, the young artist wrote “Clemen”, between two hearts, and below added: “Send light, strength and love. Thank you”. Sometime later in the same stories, Sonia uploaded an image of Graciousadult, with his children.
Also the three sisters, María Emilia, María Laura and María Eugenia, they shared messages from their account @lazstrillizasdeoro, and especially his mother: “I want you to hug me again. You are a warrior and you will achieve this, ”María Emilia shared with an image where mother and son are fused in a hug. A week later, he thanked for the messages of affection: “Thank you for all the strength, thank you for all the prayers. Let’s continue through the Corchito”.
what tournament was he playing
Zavaleta played for the Alegría team, owned by Canadian Frederick Mannix, with two compatriots: Agustín Merlos and Juan Bollini (g.). The game against Catamount (Pablo Pieres, Ignacio Novillo Astrada, Victorino Ruiz Jorba and skipper Scott Devon) was suspended, despite being 3-3 in the second chukker. The tournament is the 26 Goal Handicap World Polo League and is held in Palm Beach, Florida as part of the peak season in the United States.
The video of the accident a corkscrew Zavaleta
Corchito is a regular in the Argentinian Triple Crown, who plays with 7 recovery goals. Adept of the Independiente, he has been married for seven years to the Frenchwoman Isabelle Strom, a professional rider. He got married in 2014 at Château Saint-Mesme, owned by the Strom family, and spends a good part of his life in his wife’s country. Simple in his treatment, entertaining, he usually plays as a number 3 (playmaker) or as a back (defender). Many times he was the protagonist of the photographic productions with which THE NATION features the Argentina Open, which he dreamed of playing since childhood, which was first offered to him when he was 30 years old.
His father, Clemente, worked for the Alegría organization for a long time, which has facilities not only in the United States, but also in Buenos Aires. He has been in a relationship for more than 40 years with María Emilia, one of the famous three twin sisters married to polo players. The others are María Laura, wife of Ernesto Trotz, and María Eugenia, wife of Horacio Laprida.
The US Open, in decisive stages
The final American Triple Crown contest, the US Open, is entering its decisive phase. This weekend, the quarter-finals will be played, and as always, there will be a great presence of Argentinians. The first two tournaments were won by Park Place (CV Whitney Cup) and Pilot (USPA Gold Cup).
This Saturday, in the first matches of the quarter-finals, Pilot vs. SD Farms and Tamera vs. TFP. Meanwhile, on Sunday they will face Park Place vs. Scone and Aspen Valley vs. Elina.
The trainings are as follows:
driver: Pilot Curtis, 0; Mackenzie Weisz, 5; Facundo Pieres, 10, and Matías Torres Zavaleta, 7. Total, 22.
SD Farms: Sayyu Dantata, 2; Vercellin pipe, 7; Felipe Viana, 6, and Pedrinho Zacharias, 7. Total, 22 years old.
delusional: Alejandro Poma, 1; Segundo Saravi, 4 years old; Alejo Taranco, 8, and Diego Cavanagh, 9. Total, 22 years old.
Polo Training Foundation: Carlos Gracida (m.), 4 years old; Matias González, 4 years old; Nic Roldán, 8, and Jesse Bray, 6. Total, 22 years old.
Scone: David Paradice, 0; Keko Magrini, 3 years old; Poroto Cambiaso, 9, and Guillermo Caset (m.), 10. Total, 22.
Park square: Andrei Borodin, 0; Juan Britos, 9; Hilario Ulloa, 10, and Cody Ellis, 3. Total, 22 years old.
Aspen Valley: Vinny Sangaline, 0; Tommy Collingwood, 5; Pablo MacDonough, 10, and Alejandro Novillo Astrada, 7. Total, 22 years old.
Elena: Juan Martin Obregon, 5 years old; Geronimo Obregon, 5 years old; Facundo Obregón, 6, and Jared Zenni, 6. Total, 22.