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Phillip released, free to train

National cyclist Njisane Phillip has been dismissed from hospital and given the all-clear to train again.

The top cyclist was released from the Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centre in California yesterday morning.

After the results of a final Lasix renal scan and steadily dropping creatinine levels, the medical team, headed by nephrologist Dr Steven Sawelson and urologist Dr Timothy Lesser, authorised Phillip’s discharge.  

According to a  Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago statement yesterday, while the cyclist will need weekly follow-up visits to monitor his progress, it was revealed that his kidney problems are likely a result of his own anatomy.

 The statement added that  barring further testing, the kidney issue should not cause additional problems in the future. The statement also said that Phillip has also been cleared to resume training and plans to compete at the UCI Track World Championships in Colombia in March.  

The 2012 Olympian and World Cup silver medallist said: “I have been given a second chance and have a new lease on life.  When we were unsure what was happening, I could not believe that my cycling career may have been over. I cannot express how happy I am that I can still compete, and so soon.  I’m anxious to get back on the track and continue to make Trinidad and Tobago proud.” 

Philllip added: The love and support I received from family, friends, fellow athletes and fans is something I won’t ever forget. It is what drives me. Thank you all!”

Phillip was admitted to hospital on January 3, when he complained about stomach pains. 

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