In speaking directly to Costa Rican Journalist, Jose Luis Rodriguez, journalist for the largest newspaper in Costa Rica, La Nacion (www.nacion.com) who covered Jeremy’s terrible crash and subsequent hospitalization, here are the facts, to date, as we know them:
-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.
-Post-crash, 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.
-When asked about injuries to other parts of his body, hospital is not reporting other injuries at this time.
-Jeremy 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.
Contact has been made with the Critical Care Trauma Unit at Calderon hospital, where the unit charge tech, confirmed all of the information above.
His 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 all throughout the day therefore, updates will certainly be released as we get them. Please note we are getting all of our information in Spanish and then translating it out for release.
FUND RAISING INFORMATION:
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, starting TODAY, 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.
Please pray for Jeremy.