BMX rider TJ Lavin regains consciousness, undergoes surgery on wrist
BMX athlete TJ Lavin, who regained consciousness Saturday, underwent surgery Wednesday to stabilize his broken wrist.
"TJ is out of surgery and looking great. Everything went well," Lavin's friend, Cesar Flores told ESPN.com.
Lavin, 33, was critically injured when he crashed Oct. 14 during qualifying at the Dew Tour Championships in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas native suffered bleeding on the brain, a broken wrist and an orbital fracture.
Lavin has made significant progress in his recovery since emerging from a medically induced coma to reduce swelling in his brain. As of Wednesday, Lavin was talking, answering questions and able to walk down the hall with assistance.
To help raise funds for Lavin's recovery, friend and fellow BMX rider Tim "Fuzzy" Hall is auctioning off a vintage Mongoose BMX bike on eBay, with all proceeds being donated toward both Lavin's and Ty Pinney's recovery. Pinney, also from Las Vegas, crashed on Lavin's backyard BMX dirt course the day before Lavin's accident. Pinney was placed in a medically induced coma and is five beds away from Lavin in the trauma unit of the University Medical Center in Las Vegas.
"There is going to be a huge tribute/fundraiser for both riders Nov. 19 in Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel. I would like to have the bike sold to the highest bidder by then and announce the winner that night," Hall said.
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Photo: TJ Lavin. Credit: Dew Tour