T.J. Lavin undergoes wrist surgery
Professional BMX dirt rider T.J. Lavin underwent surgery to stabilize his broken wrist on Wednesday.
"T.J. is out of surgery and looking great. Everything went well," said Lavin's friend Cesar Flores Wednesday night.
Lavin, who crashed at the Dew Tour Championships on Oct. 14, suffered bleeding on the brain, a broken wrist and an orbital fracture. Lavin remained in a medically induced coma through Saturday, but has made significant progress in his recovery since emerging from the coma. As of Wednesday, Lavin was talking, answering questions and able to walk down the hall with assistance.
Doctors expect Lavin to make a full recovery.
To raise funds for Lavin's recovery, friend and BMX dirt legend Tim 'Fuzzy' Hall is auctioning off a vintage Mongoose BMX bike on eBay, with all proceeds being donated towards Lavin and friend Ty Pinney's recovery. Pinney, a Las Vegas local and friend of Lavin's, crashed one day before Lavin on Lavin's backyard dirt course. Pinney was also placed in a medically induced coma -- five beds away away from Lavin -- in the trauma unit of the University Medical Center in Las Vegas.
"There is going to be a huge tribute/fundraiser for both riders November 19 in Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel. I would like to have the bike sold to the highest bidder by then and announce the winner that night," Hall said.
Lavin rose to fame in the BMX dirt scene in the early years of the X Games. He earned a silver medal in 1996 and gold medals in 1997 and 1999. In the years since, Lavin has remained an aggressive competitor on the Dew Tour Circuit while branching out as a TV host for 10 seasons of MTV's "Real World/Road Rules Challenge." The Dew Tour Championships was to be Lavin's last contest as a professional before retiring.