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Sad news: Tomáš Soukup has passed away


Tomáš Soukup, IBO 2012 Closing Ceremony

Our Friend Tomáš Soukup (the soul of the IBO Coordinating Center, in Prague) had a serious accident on Thursday 25 February 2016. He was hit by a car while crossing a street (in a zebra passage, with green light for him...).
Reports on his health condition follow; the most recent first.

  • Unfortunately, Tomáš passed away on Saturday 29 July 2017; strangely enough, this was the closing day of the 28th International Biology Olympiad.
    Tomáš was a wonderful person, a treasure of kindness; in any IBO issue he always advocated in favour of the students.
    The whole IBO community expresses its condolences to Tomáš' wife and family.


  • Not so good       News sent by Tomáš' wife, Helena

        Unfortunately, Tom's condition remains unchanged or rather it is worsening.
               (July 9, 2017)

  • Slow evolution, very slow...
         News from Tomáš' wife, Helena
              (May 12, 2017)
  • Ups and downs with a slow trend to improve.   Lenka Libusová talked to Tomáš' wife, Helena.
         Tom has started new physiotherapy around Christmas and there was a slow but certain progress, he tried to communicate actively by eye blinking (he is still not able to use his voice). Unfortunately, he got an infection and is currently on antibiotics. Therefore, he regressed back but will resume therapy as soon as he will be better.
    Thus, it seems that there are ups and downs with a slow tendency to improve but no abrupt  breakthrough.
    Helena is sending her regards to all Tom´s IBO friends.
              (February 2, 2017)
  • A little bit more mobility... Poon Kasemsap, IBO chairman, paid a visit to Tomáš on October 25.
         Poon could note that Tomáš is now able to hold an objects in his hands. But still no talk...
    There is no certainty, whether Tomáš identified Poon, or not. Although Tomáš was clearly paying attention to the people around him and seemed to switch his attention from one person to the other, while the conversation was on.
              (October 31, 2016)
  • Slight but slow improvement... Gérard Cobut visited Tomáš on August 18, 2016.
         Last Thursday I paid a visit to Tomáš in hospital, together with his wife Helena and with Lenka Libusová. Compared to the preceding descriptions, my feeling is that of a slight but (very) slow improvement. Tomáš has consciousness moments (which seem to be tiring, and bring him back to sleep afterwards); he was conscious when I visited him. He can react to requests from Helena, he can open his mouth, chew some tiny pieces of fruit, swallow (carefully)...
    Regarding personal contact I would say I believe Tomáš recognized me; he looked deeply in my eyes and I'd guess there was a slight expression on his face (or was it my imagination? I think it was not.)
    I said a few words about IBO, that we missed him in Vietnam, etc. All I can report is that Tomáš was looking at me, closely...
         Gérard          (August 20, 2016)
  • Fluctuating condition... no clear trend...
              (July 10, 2016)
  • No real improvement again...
              (June 20, 2016)
  • Maybe an improvement! Jan Černý visited Tomáš on May 25...
         Dear IBO friends,
    I've just visited Tomáš in the hospital and have moderately good news. Tomáš is now located at the best place with intense long-term care for patients with neurological injuries [...]. I met Tomáš [...] in a good physical state overall and relaxed. He had open eyes with glimpses of humanity behind - quite a difference from the situation a month ago. He followed with his eyes our faces, slightly reacted to touches, voices, especially of his dog barking :-)  It was obvious, how tired he was from the visit; just after he fell into deep sleep. Helena - Tomáš' wife - was there too, and she claimed that I was lucky to see Tomáš in his best from the injury, being herself surprised with the condition. 
         Jan        (May 27, 2016)
  • No real improvement yet... Unfortunately
              (April 15, 2016) (same situation on May 2...)
  • Jan Černý gives some update: I visited Tomáš in the hospital yesterday and I have no really good news. Tom is still not responding, more or less vegetative, with very slow progress. It is just five weeks from the accident and time is running extremely quickly - every week without change is a bad news. We all are still optimistic, even neurologists claim, that miracles seldom happen, even in similar patients.
              (April 2, 2016)
  • Unfortunately we have no real good news about Tomáš. His pneumonia is healed, he was moved to another hospital specialized for long-term care for neurological patients... They are starting to stop with the artificial ventilation, Tomáš' body seems to function quite well; but with his mind it is worse... There is slight indication of slow recovery on CT scan, but neurologists are still pessimistic.
              (March 21, 2016)
  • Our Friend Tomáš Soukup (the soul of the IBO Coordinating Center, in Prague) had a serious accident on Thursday 25 February 2016.
    According to the latest news, Tomáš went through the surgery of first and second vertebrae successfully but he is still unconscious.
    We all are hoping for the best...
              (March 8, 2016)



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