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Snowboarder Experiences Traumatic Brain Injury

Professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce endured a serious fall while training and now lies with a severe brain injury in critical care. His dreams of competing in the halfpipe seem gone, and his family is keeping vigil. He was working on a version of the “double cork” which is a twisting double back flip when he caught an edge and hit the icy pipe with his forehead. Kevin was knocked unconscious even though he was wearing a helmet. He had to be airlifted to the hospital where doctors told his family that he had sustained “a severe traumatic brain injury.” He needed to be intubated and was kept sedated. Doctors say that he is improving and is slowly regaining consciousness. They believe that he is improving faster than anticipated yet there is still a long recovery that lay ahead. To learn about the initial fall, please check out this link. To read about his updated recovery, please click the link.