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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
UK pro Niki Croft suffers severe head injury


Niki Croft, turndown in Hastings, UK.

Hastings, UK local and pro rider for The Make, The Shadow Conspiracy and Orchid Footwear, Niki Croft, suffered a serious head injury at the Cycle Show London on Sunday, October 10. According to Orlando Alexander of The Make, Croft hit his head hard while riding at the show and was rushed to the hospital. Because of the severity of the injury, Croft was placed in a medically-induced coma while tests were run on his brain and neck. Initial testing revealed no bleeding on Croft's brain and no damage to his neck, so doctors began slowly reviving Croft from the coma. Croft was originally supposed to wake from the medically-induced coma after two hours, but slept a total of 20 hours into Monday.

On Monday, October 11, Croft drifted in and out of consciousness, but was only awake for two hours throughout the day. As of Tuesday, October 12, his condition had improved and he was given the go-ahead to leave the hospital and return home. According to statement from Orlando of The Make on The Make Web site, "He has made amazing progress considering his accident was on Sunday. Although this will not be a lightning quick recovery, I am confident he will make a full recovery. Anyone who knows Niki knows he is one of the most determined people you can meet, and he is fighting hard."

Currently, Croft has returned to Hastings, UK and is slowly recovering. Although Niki made a fast recovery, head injuries are serious and he will most likely spend the remainder of the month off the bike and resting up. From all of us at ESPN BMX, get well soon Niki.