Jeremy Lusk sustains major injuries in Costa Rica, fund-raising info

Published February 9th, 2009

Jeremy Lusk was competing at the X Knights in Costa Rica. In communication with Costa Rican journalist Jose Luis Rodriguez, journalist for the largest newspaper in Costa Rica, La Nacion (http://www.nacion.com) here are the facts, to date, as we know them regarding Jeremy Lusk’s crash and hospitalization:




Jeremy Lusk was transported to Calderon Hospital in San Jose, where he now remains in a medically induced coma, in stable, but very critical condition where doctors are closely monitoring the swelling on his brain. Suspected brain trauma required immediate surgery to treat a subdural hematoma on the brain. Surgery lasted 4 hours and 30 minutes. X-rays were done to the neck and spinal column and no breaks are being reported by hospital. He was attended to by the head of neurological surgery, Dr. Jorge Ramirez. Doctors report that they will know more Jeremy’s future prognosis within the next crucial 36 to 48 hours.




Jeremy’s wife Lauren, and her dad, arrived in Costa Rica early this morning. Brian Deegan and others left southern California early this morning bound for the Costa Rican hospital.




Communication with Costa Rica, via the Embassy, the media and the hospital will continue. Please pray for Jeremy.






—————————— Fund raising info ——————————






An emergency fund to help defer the costs of Jeremy Lusk’s medical care has already been established and is set up to take donations immediately.




Through the quick-moving efforts of the Athlete Recovery Fund, those interested in making a donation may do so by visiting www.athleterecoveryfund.com and clicking on the ‘Make a donation’ button. All donations made through this website are earmarked directly for Jeremy Lusk’s care! Financial arrangements are being put into place to pay for the Medi-Vac international air transportation that Jeremy will need once he is stable and can be transferred to a leading United States-based Head Trauma Center. It is likely that these funds will be needed within the next few days, therefore immediate donations are certainly appreciated.






The Athlete Recovery Fund was established in 2007 and its function is to provide professional athletes in BMX, FMX and Skate Boarding with financial support after severe injury and granting funds for rehabilitation, equipment, long-term disability and educational scholarships.





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