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01-12-12, 04:21 PM
i remember seeing her in X-Games and thought she was amazing. now, in a medically induced coma. hope she pulls through, but so sad.


SALT LAKE CITY — Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke remained in critical condition Thursday after a successful operation to repair a tear to an artery that caused bleeding into her brain.

Burke was placed into an induced coma to relieve stress on her brain after her accident Tuesday and had surgery the next day.

“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 William Couldwell, the neurosurgeon who performed the operation, in a statement released by Burke’s publicist. “Our neuro critical care team will be monitoring her condition and response continuously over the coming hours and days.”

Burke, a four-time Winter X Games champion in halfpipe skiing and one of the leading pioneers of her sport, injured herself while practicing on the halfpipe in Park City.

She tore a vertebral artery, which are located in the neck and supply blood to the brainstem — the back part of the brain which controls consciousness.

Tears can cause bleeding that disrupts blood flow to the brain, which in serious cases can lead to brain damage or death, said Dr. Andrew Naidech, medical director of the neuro-spine intensive care unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

He said those tears can be caused by severe twisting motions or impact causing sudden up-and-down movement of the head. Outcomes depend on how badly the damage interrupted blood flow to the brain or caused extensive bleeding.

Peter Judge, CEO of the Canadian freestyle team, said those who were near the superpipe when Burke fell told him it didn’t look like a major accident at the time.

Burke tried many of the toughest tricks in her sport and was the first woman to land a 1080 — three full revolutions — in competition. It was not known what move she was performing when the accident happened.

01-16-12, 03:47 AM

01-16-12, 11:11 AM
There was a rumor that she was awake, but it's unconfirmed. There's supposed to be a press conference today with more on her condition.

Hang tough Sarah.

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01-17-12, 03:45 AM
The press conference was cancelled. Looks like she's still in a coma and doctors are still doing tests. Sadly, it seems that her condition has not changed.


01-19-12, 04:04 PM
Sadly, she passed away today. :(


01-19-12, 04:11 PM
That's sad to hear. She was one of the highlights at the x-games.

01-19-12, 04:13 PM
Rest in peace, Sarah. :( :( :(

01-19-12, 04:18 PM
just heard. very sad!

01-19-12, 04:42 PM
Very sad :(

:rip: Sarah

01-19-12, 05:37 PM
Very sad.

Her twitter is still up and you can see her last tweets and how happy and excited she was just before the accident. It's creepy to read that knowing what happened.

Very, very sad.

01-19-12, 08:19 PM
Rip :(

01-19-12, 08:34 PM
She was beautiful.

Very sad.

Shamus McAnally
01-19-12, 09:43 PM
I barely knew who she was, but very sad nonetheless.

It's a shame when anyone leaves this world too soon and seems like it happens all too often, whether we know about it or not.

01-19-12, 10:29 PM

01-20-12, 11:26 AM
As a diehard skier who didn't pay that much attention to the park competitions, I am surprised how much this hurts for me. She wasn't just an amazing skier, but she was a real champion of the sport and women in the sport, and from everything I hear, she was a super nice person too.

These are tough to watch.

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Shamus McAnally
01-20-12, 04:27 PM
These are tough to watch.

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I didn't have much attachment to her, just thought it was a shame what happened, but that first video was kind of sad, but for some reason, about 2/3 of the way through it, it got really tough to watch. I can't imagine what her family/friends are going through. Knock on wood, I've been lucky to never lose someone this young and with seemingly so much ahead.

01-27-12, 02:14 PM
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01-27-12, 02:34 PM
did they donate her organs?

01-27-12, 02:37 PM
Looks like it:


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