TAMWORTH bull rider Bradie Gray, who was critically injured after being stomped on by a bull in the US, is out of the intensive care unit, walking by himself, and getting ready to leave hospital.
Bradie was bucked off a bull called Levi the Boss, which then stepped on his chest during the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming on June 15.
The 20-year-old multiple title winner sustained nine broken ribs, collapsed lungs and a tear in his aorta.
He was able to stand up by himself and was pulled into a bucking chute but when he arrived at the local hospital he didn't have a pulse.
Doctors revived him and operated on him that night and again in the morning.
But this week he was up and about again, and able to speak to Rural Weekly.
"I've been up a few times and it was great to get outside and see a bit of sun,” Bradie said via social media.
He has been cheered to be visited by other bull riders, including Australian Professional Bull Rider competitor Lachlan Richardson.
"Lachlan flew up from Dallas to spend a couple of days with me; three time PRCA World champion bull rider Sage Kimzey stopped by to see how I was going and Glen O' Neil, the former PRCA World Champion saddle bronc rider stopped by with his son Dillon to say hi.
"Also, some of my college teammates have travelled to Casper. Mum and dad have not left more side; they are awesome.
"The doctor said this morning that they might discharge me tomorrow if everything is still okay.
"I will still need to see the doctor before we drive back down to Texas and before we eventually fly home.”
Bradie said he also wanted like to thank everyone for their prayers and thoughts.
"It's greatly appreciated.”
"It was a terrifying evening,” said Dianne Hallam, Professional Bull Riders' Association regional tour co-ordinator, who has known Bradie all his life.
"He's making a remarkable recovery, which the doctors put down to the fact that he's so healthy. Bradie is very health conscious; he doesn't drink or smoke and he keeps very fit and that's played a big part in him surviving, according to the doctors.”
Doctors also said a protective vest had helped enormously.
Now the reigning PBR rookie champion is just keen to come home and get himself 100% right, Dianne said.
She said Bradie's family was overwhelmed by the support they had received, including the visit from Sage Kimzey and fellow bull rider Tyler Taylor.
"That gave him a great boost,” Dianne said.
Bradie's positive would have also helped him recover quickly, she said.
"He's just an unbelievable young man; gentle and well-mannered and a great role model for the kids.”
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