Lavin regains consciousness, talking
Professional BMX dirt rider T.J. Lavin has emerged from a coma and is conscious following his crash at the Dew Tour Championships on October 14. "He's waking up more, asking questions and answering them while keeping his eyes open and watching football," said Lavin's mother Barbara on Saturday morning. "T.J. is awake and talking. He's still a little fuzzy, but I got my friend back," added Lavin's friend Cesar Flores.
Doctors do not expect there to be any resulting brain damage from the accident. The next step in Lavin's recovery will be surgery to repair his broken wrist, followed by rehabilitation.
The 33-year-old Las Vegas native suffered bleeding on the brain, a broken wrist and an orbital fracture following a crash during dirt qualifying at the Dew Tour Championships on Thursday, October 14. Over the past week, Lavin remained unconscious in a medically induced coma to reduce swelling in his brain. Lavin additionally developed a slight fever and pneumonia, which he was administered antibiotics for.
Lavin's condition was upgraded from critical to serious at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nev. on Thursday.
Lavin rose to fame on the BMX dirt scene in the early years of the X Games. He earned a silver medal in 1996 and a gold medals in 1997 and '99. In the years since, Lavin has remained an aggressive competitor on the Dew Tour Circuit while branching out as a TV host for ten seasons of the "Real World/Road Rules Challenge." The Dew Tour Championships was to be Lavin's last contest as a professional before retiring.