Beloved Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke remains in critical condition at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. Since her fall on Tuesday and surgery on Wednesday there has not been much information released regarding her current condition and future prognosis for her health. We did receive a reliable update from a source close to Burke’s camp that she was not in a coma as of yesterday afternoon, but again nothing definitive has been released.
There is a press conference slated for Monday, January 16, 2012 at the University of Utah Clinical Neurosciences Center. Additional details, including the time, will be made available on Sunday, January 15th.
Sarah continues to be under close monitoring by a multidisciplinary team coordinated by neurointensivist Safdar Ansari, M.D.
“Sarah remains in critical condition in the Neuro Critical Care Unit”, said Ansari. “With traumatic brain injury, our care is focused on addressing the primary injury and preventing secondary brain damage, as well as managing other injuries sustained at the time of the accident; all of which requires close monitoring and intensive care. At this moment, Sarah needs more time before any prognosis can be determined.”
More information about traumatic brain injury can be found from the following resources:
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tbi/tbi.htm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/
Friends and fans may continue to post their well wishes on Sarah’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Burke/50553451173 and Twitter @sarah_j_burke