Star Cuban Pitcher Reported in Very Serious Condition

HAVANA TIMES, Dec 24 — Norge Luis Vera, the recently retired star pitcher for the Santiago de Cuba baseball team and a former member of the national baseball team,  was reported in very serious condition last night following a traffic accident, reports Granma newspaper today.

The accident occurred late Thursday afternoon, inflicting severe head trauma and dislocation and fractures of his hip and his left humerus.

Vera is receiving medical treatment in the intensive care unit at the provincial hospital in Santiago de Cuba, where his level of consciousness has begun to decline while attached to an artificial respirator.

His vital signs are stable.