John Graves, the son of U.S. Rep Tom Graves, is making improvements after he was injured in a cycling accident and transferred to a brain and spinal clinic, his father said.
Photo: U.S. Rep. Tom Graves
Photo: U.S. Rep. Tom Graves

Son of Georgia congressman released from ICU after cycling accident

The son of U.S. Rep. Tom Graves has been released from intensive care following a serious cycling accident and is doing “remarkably well,” the Georgia congressman said Monday.

John Graves suffered severe head trauma while competing in a March 8 road race with Georgia Tech’s club cycling team. In the days since, he was treated at a trauma unit for multiple areas of bleeding on his brain and later transferred to a brain and spinal clinic, his father said on Twitter. 

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The younger Graves is now “progressing through physical, cognitive and speech rehabilitation,” the congressman said. 

“He still has weeks to go before full recovery, but he’s on the right path & exceeding expectations,” Graves said Monday on Twitter. “He’s a strong kid with a lot of determination. We’re so proud. And I’m confident he will be up & out before we know it!” 


 

Tech’s club cycling team was hosting a road race and criterium, a high-speed cornering race, in Gordon County  when John Graves was injured. Another teammate, Juan Barazza, was also hurt, according to a Tech spokesman.

The extent of Barazza’s injuries was not released.

“We express our support to John and Juan and their families during this difficult time and wish them both a speedy and full recovery,” spokesman Joshua Stewart said in a statement.

In December, Graves announced his decision not to run for reelection this year. The Gordon County resident and senior Republican member of Georgia’s house delegation said he wanted to spend more time with his wife and children.

“With Julie near retirement and my kids now suddenly adults, I have decided not to seek reelection in 2020, and instead, join my family in their new and unique journeys,” he wrote in a letter to his constituents.

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