Bibian Mentel is already home again. The former snowboard champion was operated on a tumor in her neck and was allowed to leave the hospital on Monday.
"The wound heals well, the construction is tight and Bibian feels good according to circumstances. But already home, we would never have dreamed that," writes Edwin Spee, Mentel's partner, on Facebook.
At the end of July, 46-year-old Mentel announced that the cancer had returned for the eleventh time, in the form of tumors in her neck and back. Spee writes on the social medium that Mentel needs to strengthen for two to three weeks and then will train again for Dancing With The Stars, which she will participate later this year.
The former snowboard star has been struggling with various tumors in her body for a long time. After she was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2001, her lower leg had to be amputated to prevent metastases. Since then, the disease has returned several times. After an operation in March, she was unable to move her legs properly for a while.
Mentel became Dutch snowboard champion six times in the half pipe and snowboard cross sections. In 2002 she became Dutch champion snowboard cross with a prosthesis. She won gold medals at the Paralympic Games of 2014 and 2018.