Update: Sarah Burke Undergoes Successful Surgery to Repair Vertebral Artery

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 12, 2012 10:44 am

Sarah Burke remains in critical condition at the University of Utah Hospital this morning after suffering a traumatic head injury on Tuesday at Park City Mountain Resort. Sarah was training with fellow Monster Energy Drink Team Members on the Eagle Superpipe in anticipation of the X-Games competition later this month, when she landed incorrectly and hit her head.

The publicist for Sarah Burke’s family issued an update on her condition earlier this morning. This statement details that on Wednesday, Sarah underwent a successful operation that was performed by William T. Couldwell, M.D. Ph.D, to repair a tear to her vertebral artery which resulted in an intracranial hemorrhage during her fall. Couldwell is a very well respected surgeon and is the professor and chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah.

“With injuries of this type, we need to observe the course of her brain function before making definitive pronouncements about Sarah’s prognosis for recovery,” said Couldwell. “Our Neuro Critical Care team will be monitoring her condition and response continuously over the coming hours and days.”

Rory Bushfield, husband and professional skier has been by Sarah’s bedside throughout the ordeal along with additional family members. They’ve expressed their sincerest appreciation to everyone for the outpouring of concern they’ve received.

From the moment news broke of Sarah’s injury, there has been an avalanche of support from the ski community and around the world. Friends, family and fans took to social media to receive news, share information and send messages of love and support to Sarah and her family.

At this time, all we can do is be thankful the surgery was a success and await the next update.

ABC News has released a video breaking down the type of head trauma Sarah has endured: