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Freeskier Sarah Burke in critical condition after surgery

January 12, 2012 | 10:58 am


FabforumFreeskier Sarah Burke, who was injured Tuesday during a fall in a superpipe at Park City, Utah, remains in critical condition at University of Utah Hospital, Pete Thomas of reports.

According to Thomas, Burke had surgery Wednesday afternoon to repair a torn vertebral artery. The torn artery resulted in an intracranial hemorrhage at the time of her fall.

"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," William T. Couldwell, professor and chair of neurosurgery at the hospital, told Thomas. "Our Neuro Critical Care team will be monitoring her condition and response continuously over the coming hours and days."

Peter Judge, chief executive of Canadian Freestyle, told the Vancouver Sun: "This is an extremely unfortunate situation and we are awaiting further word on Sarah’s condition.”


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Photo: In this Jan. 23, 2009, file photo, Sarah Burke of Canada holds her gold medal after winning the women's superpipe event at Winter X Games 13. Credit: Nathan Bilow / Associated Press