The black belt Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes has left the operating table and is back in his room.
His brother, Bruno “Tanque” reassures friends and fans: “Everything went well and he’s already talking. Tomorrow he will leave the hospital.
About the recovery, Tanque said it can be shorter than 5 to 8 months, the initial projection: “This term is the standard time. It all depends on how his body will respond to this first phase and then how he will engage in rehabilitation. Knowing him the way I do, I know that will be dedicated as he is dedicated to Jiu-Jitsu. But only next week we will be more accurate about it. ”
The surgery Tanquinho went through was not that simple, explained his brother: “He had a hernia and didn’t know about it, and last week, during a practice, this hernia burst. It is pushing two vertebrae, which in turn are pushing the medulla. So they will take a bone graft from the hip to put in the vertebrae with a prosthesis and screws to reinforce the place.
On Facebook and Twitter, a campaign to support Tanquinho is already going on, #campanhavoltalogotanquinho.
Just before entering the operating room, Tanquinho thanked: “I wanna say thank you to everybody who is sending scraps, messages and good energy for my surgery! I’ll answer and thank you all later! I was very happy for the affection from all of you around the world! With God, I will take all the good vibes that you sent me for my surgery! Thank you, my family, girlfriend, friends and fans. You give me great motivation to get over it!”.
GRACIEMAG.com joins the crowd for an early Tanquinho’s recovery.