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UPDATE April 27th on Lee Akin

Posted Thursday, May 17, 2007

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Latest UPDATE May 17th
We have received word that Lee had the bone flap successfully replaced on his skull on Wednesday, May 16th. We are all praying that Lee continues to show improvement.

May 7th(Courtesy PRCA)
Akin heads home. Bull rider Lee Akin was transported to an Oklahoma City hospital on an Airvac flight May 7 to continue treatment for the traumatic brain injury he suffered at the Southeastern Livestock Exposition and Rodeo in Montgomery, Ala.

Akin, 32, was injured March 8 when he was bucked off Dick Dasterdly and then stepped on by the bull. Akin underwent two surgeries at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery, Ala, and is facing at least one more at the University of Oklahoma Trauma Center before beginning rehabilitation, according to Dr. Will Smith.

The attending physicians in Montgomery were able to get Akin's seizures under control late last month and he was able to move out of the Intensive Care Unit on April 30. When Akin's condition remained stable for a week, the decision was made to transfer him to a facility closer to his home in Weatherford, Okla.

The PRCA Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund is supplying funds for the family's living expenses, but the greater concern is covering the cost of medical treatment. Donations can be sent, payable to Pro Bull Riding Outreach, at American Bucking Bull Inc., Attn.: Lee Akin Benefit, 713 NE Highway 66, Sayre, OK 73662.

April 27th (Courtesy PRCA)
Injured bull rider Lee Akin scheduled to be transferred out of ICU
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Doctors at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery, Ala. have gotten injured bull rider Lee Akin's seizures under contol and are optimistic he can be moved out of the intensive care unit into a private room on April 30, Dr. Will Smith said Friday.

Akin, 32, suffered a traumatic brain injury March 8 after he was bucked off the bull Dick Dasterdly and stepped on during the Southeastern Livestock Exposition and Rodeo. He has undergone two surgeries to relieve swelling in hs brain and is facing a lengthy recovery period.

"He responds to his wife's voice sometimes by slowly turning his head toward her," Dr. Smith said, "but he does not speak and he does not respond to verbal commands to squeeze your hand or move his fingers. He can move his left leg and both arms, but it is not purposeful movement."

Akin, of Weatherford, Okla., qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2001, finishing third in the world standings with earnings of $135,166 behind Blue Stone and Cody Hancock.

The PRCA Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund is supplying funds for the family's living expenses, but the greater concern is covering the cost of medical treatment. Donations can be sent, payable to Pro Bull Riding Outreach, at American Bucking Bull Inc., Attn.: Lee Akin Benefit, 713 NE Highway 66, Sayre, OK 73662.

Akin's wife, Mary, has asked that all get well cards be mailed to the hospital instead of their home in Oklahoma -- addressed to Lee Akin, NSICU #1, Baptist Medical Center South, 2105 E. South Blvd., Montgomery, AL 36116. The hospital has requested that no more flowers be sent.

April 17th (Courtesy PBR)
Akin's most recent surgery was Tuesday, April 10th when doctors planned to replace a portion of Lee's skull that was previously removed to relieve pressure on his brain. Due to continued swelling, the doctors were unable to proceed with the scheduled surgery. Lee remains in intensive care but continues to show improvement and responsiveness to his wife, Mary and daughter, Jada. As soon as Akin's breathing becomes regulated - now assisted with a tracheotomy tube - Lee can be relocated to a rehab hospital.

MARCH 28th
Another CAT Scan was performed this week on professional bull rider, Lee Akin and although the blood clot has not cleared, the scan showed enough improvement to bring Lee out of the drug induced coma. Lee is beginning to respond to commands, however he is not fully alert at this time. Over the past weekend, doctors removed the respirator and allowed Lee to breathe on his own during the day.

MARCH 20th
A more complete CAT Scan was performed on Monday, March 19 to assess the amount of healing. There was a small reduction in the size of the blood clot and the swelling of the brain. The neurosurgeons will continue to monitor Lee's condition closely. COMPLETE PBR RELEASE

MARCH 15th
Professional bull rider Lee Akin remains in critical condition at this time. He is still in an induced coma. The doctors are watching the blood clot in his brain to determine if it is responding to treatment and dissolving. . He needs our prayers as does his family.

MARCH 12th
Professional bull rider Lee Akin underwent a second successful surgery this weekend and his mother said he remained in critical condition at Baptist Medical Center South after suffering a fractured skull during competition in the Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo on Thursday night. COMPLETE ARTICLE

MARCH 10th Story
Professional bull rider Lee Akin remained in a coma today at Baptist Medical Center South after suffering a fractured skull during competition in the Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo on Thursday night.
(This is an excellent article about Lee's accomplishments as well)
COMPLETE ARTICLE

PRCA Press Release Friday March 9th
Akin injured in Montgomery, remains in critical condition at Baptist Hospital

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – PRCA bull rider Lee Akin was taken to Baptist Hospital in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday night, March 8 after being bucked off and stepped on by Smith, Harper and Morgan’s Dick Dasterdly during the Southeastern Livestock Exposition and Rodeo in Montgomery.

Akin, of Weatherford, Okla., suffered a skull fracture after the bull stepped on the left side of his head upon hitting the ground. The Justin SportsMedicine Team was immediately on the scene and assisted in transporting Akin to Baptist Hospital, where they determined he had a traumatic brain injury. He underwent successful neurosurgery and is currently in an induced coma in the critical care unit in critical condition. An induced coma with this severe of an injury is very common and it allows the body to relax and recover more quickly.

Stock contractors Stace Smith and Pete Carr sent their personal plane to pick up Akin’s family in Oklahoma, so that they could be with him in Montgomery.

More updates will be available in the coming days.

Special message from Rodeo Attitude:
Lee Akin has been a fixture on the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler from 2002 to 2006 when injuries caused him to only be able to compete in a few events. He had four BFTS event wins to his credit. He had just recently returned to competition.

He and his wife, Mary, welcomed a daughter, Jada Marie, on September 21, 2006.

Please keep Lee and his family in your prayers and pass this message on to everyone especially any pray chains you are a part of. Thank you.

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UPDATE April 27th on Lee Akin