Brett Banasiewicz in Critical Condition
Brett Banasiewicz is in critical condition following a nasty crash earlier today at the Vans LXVI Invitational in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Jerry Badders, Vans BMX team manager, recently posted the following update on Twitter -
"Maddog is not in a coma. He's doing better. Took neck brace off, no fractures to face. He is stable. Cleaning things up. Keep it up Maddog."
We'll keep you posted as more updates become available. Please send positive thoughts to Brett and his family!
UPDATE from Brett's mother -
“The good news is that he is squeezing Trish's hand, when they are drawing blood he is reacting to pain, they have taken off the neck collar so we are thankful for his neck & spine. Please pray that his brain will heal. He is in the best care & we have Trish Grounds, watching over him. Trish will take care of my baby.”
UPDATE from Ryan Nyquist -
"Latest on Brett
@iMaddog9: he woke up, no broken bones, but has bleeding & swelling in brain. Induced coma and monitoring. Get well buddy!"
UPDATE from Athlete Recovery Fund -
"The Banasiewicz Family would like to thank family, friends, fans & sponsors for their amazing outpouring of support for Brett following his accident yesterday during practice for the Vans BMX competition in Virginia Beach, VA. Yesterday Brett crashed hitting his head which rendered him unconscious. Brett remains unconscious & in critical condition but he has remained stable since his initial arrival at the hospital. Brett's neurosurgeon feels strongly that Brett can & should make a full recovery, but it is going to take time for his brain to heal and therefore an unknown amount of time before he wakes up and begins his recovery. Miraculously he sustained no fractures and only minimal bruising & abrasions to his torso, arms & face, all of which will heal quickly. Brett has full use of all of his limbs and is showing stronger usage of arms & legs each time he is evaluated. We would like to encourage everyone who wants to send him well wishes to do so through his Twitter @iMaddog9 or via his Facebook Fan Page. We would also like to thank the Athlete Recovery Fund for their swift reaction as we have been in contact with them since just moments after the accident. We will try to do periodic updates via his Facebook Fan Page until Brett can communicate on his own behalf. Thank you."