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Kevin Pearce makes progress

Kevin Pearce was seriously injured Dec. 31 in Park City. Jeff Curtes

Update: March. 3, 2010 -- Kevin Pearce, Snowboarder and Norwich, VT native continues to improve and impress his Craig Hospital therapy team and his family.

Alan H. Weintraub, MD, Kevin's rehabilitation physician at Craig Hospital, http://www.craighospital.org, and the Medical Director of Craig's Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program and the TBI Rocky Mt. Regional System of Care said, "We could not be more delighted and inspired by Kevin's progress.

Kevin's treatment team has completed our comprehensive neuro-rehabilitation evaluation, and Kevin is actively engaged in a TBI treatment program, specially tailored to his needs. Kevin is in many therapeutic activities, including occupational therapy, speech/language, physical therapy, counseling, and aquatics therapy. Due to his consistent hard work, his walking, short-term memory, and stamina are all improving. Kevin's progress is very encouraging."

Update: Jan. 13, 2010 -- Kevin Pearce is continuing to recover at the University of Utah Hospital after suffering a severe brain injury last month. He consistently encourages his doctors and family with the strides he is making.

Elaine Skalabrin, MD, Medical Director, Neuro Critical Care, and one of Kevin's doctors, states, "Kevin continues to improve and is actively participating in his therapies. He is making progress on a daily basis."

Doctors removed Pearce's breathing tube last week and upgraded his condition from critical to serious at University Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Family spokeswoman Danielle Burch says Pearce is still in serious condition and remains in intensive care.

Pia and Simon Pearce, Kevin's parents, have been by Kevin's side at the hospital since his arrival. They would like to share: " We cannot say enough good things about the doctors, nurses, and support staff here at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. They have shown Kevin and our family the best of what modern medicine can offer and have been completely caring and supportive throughout this entire process. We extend our heartfelt appreciation and admiration to everyone involved Kevin's recovery."

Update: Jan. 6, 2010 -- Olympic snowboard hopeful and Burton Global Team rider Kevin Pearce (Norwich, Vt.) remains in critical condition at the University of Utah Hospital intensive care unit in Salt Lake City. Doctors indicate that his condition is stable and that he is continuing treatment for a head injury sustained on December 31, 2009 while training in the halfpipe in Park City, Utah. Pearce was in the process of completing a cab double cork (a twisting double back flip which he has landed before) when he caught his toe-side edge while landing. Pearce was wearing a helmet at the time of his fall. Kevin was airlifted to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City where he is being treated.

One of Kevin's doctors, Holly Ledyard, M.D., a Neurointensivist (a physician with specialized education and training in critical neurological conditions) at University of Utah Health Care states,"Kevin sustained a severe traumatic brain injury. He is currently in intensive care and in critical condition, but stable and has not needed to undergo surgery at this time. He is intubated and being kept sedated. The focus over the next week will be watching for any swelling in his brain and keeping his brain pressure normal. Kevin has a long recovery ahead of him."

Pearce is coming off a concussion sustained earlier this month during a qualifying run at the Copper Mountain Grand Prix.

Our thoughts are with Kevin and his family.

From Pia and Simon Pearce, Kevin's parents:

"We have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support from Kevin's friends, family, and fans from every corner of the world. We thank each and every one of you for your kind thoughts, messages and prayers. We would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to Kevin's doctors and nurses for all they have done and all they continue to do. Kevin is the most extraordinary and determined son any two parents could hope for and it is wonderful to see how loved he is."

Update: Jan. 2, 2010 -- Although snowboarder Kevin Pearce has a long recovery ahead of him, his doctors are "cautiously" optimistic given his current progress. Kevin has been upgraded from critical to serious condition according to his doctors at the University of Utah Hospital and this is a very big step in Kevin's recovery process.

One of Kevin's doctors, Holly Ledyard, M.D., a Neurointensivist (a physician with specialized education and training in critical neurological conditions) at University of Utah Health Care remains positive about Kevin's condition, "Kevin is in serious condition and remains in intensive care at University of Utah Hospital. We've been able to remove his breathing tube, and he is slowly regaining consciousness and able to follow commands. While we're pleased that he's improving faster than anticipated, he still
has a long recovery ahead of him."

With this news Kevin's family remains optimistic and grateful for all of the support being shown by his doctors, nurses, friends, family and fans from all over the world. Kevin's Facebook Fan page, Well Wishes to our Frend Kevin Pearce, is still the preferred site for people posting their get-well wishes and for getting the most current and reliable information.