Dan Cepeda/Oil City
Two weeks after being thrown then crushed by the hind legs of Levi the Boss, bull rider Bradie Gray walked himself out of his Wyoming Medical Center ICU room.
In what doctor’s can only call a miraculous recovery, Gray walked from ICU to his new room in the surgical center on Wednesday (June 28). When the bull rider first arrived at Wyoming Medical Center on June 15, he had no pulse, according to his father, Mick.
“We knew (the bull) stepped on him, but from where we were sitting we couldn’t really see exactly where”, said Mick. “I can’t even remember getting from the grandstand to the chutes. We thought we’d lost him that night”.
Even though Bradie was wearing a protective vest at the time of his accident, he still suffered broken ribs, a bruised aorta and collapsed lungs. He was put on a ventilator and into a medically induced coma while doctors worked to save his life.
Gray, a native Australian, has shocked doctors with his recovery and is already planning his next bull ride.
“I’m always watching videos”, Bradie told the Oil City News. “Play it day by day, whenever I’m good enough is the day it’ll be”.
Gray 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.
Gray is expected to be hospitalized for at least two more weeks. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the Gray family with living, travel and hospital expenses. If you would like to help, click here.
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