Bull rider Bradie Gray remains in critical condition at a Wyoming hospital following a life-threatening accident during the College National Finals Rodeo.
After Gray was bucked off Levi the Boss, the bull then stepped on his chest. Gray stood up under his own power then was pulled into a bucking shoot where medics began to treat him. The college junior was transported to Wyoming Medical Center where he was being treated for collapsed lungs, broken ribs “in two or three places” and a bruised aorta.
Odessa College rodeo coach C.J. Aragon shared Friday morning that Bradie wasn’t doing well. “When he got to the hospital last night, he had no pulse, no heartbeat and no blood pressure. One of the doctors told me last night that there was a 60 percent chance that he wasn’t going to come out (of the hospital) alive.”
It was also stated that Gray was on a ventilator and in a medically induced coma as doctors planned to perform more surgeries.
Bradie’s father, Mick, posted to the Odessa College rodeo team Facebook page late Friday that his son was “doing better but still has a long road ahead.”
Sunday afternoon, Mick posted an update saying that little had changed, but doctors are pleased with Bradie’s progress.
Gray, a native of Australia, has been riding bulls since he was 5-years old and was recruited to the Texas bull riding team when one of the college’s rodeo coaches saw Gray compete. Gray’s recent injury isn’t the first he’s suffered in his career. He’s endured a broken back, an injury he received during his first season, suffered breaking his jaw twice the following season, and tore his groin in half and broke his collarbone this season.
A GoFundMe account has been up to help Bradie’s family with medical and living expenses. To contribute, click here.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bradie.
Warning: The video below shows footage of Bradie Gray’s accident. Some viewers may find it disturbing.
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