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Saturday, November 13, 2010
Updated: November 19, 5:27 PM ET
T.J. Lavin leaves hospital, returns home

By Brian Tunney
ESPN Action Sports

T.J. Lavin has returned home from the hospital following his crash during dirt qualifying at the Dew Tour Championships in Las Vegas, Nev. on Oct. 14.

"Everyday, he's getting better and better. It seems like more and more of my friends are having head injuries like this, and I'm getting more in tune with the process. And he's making super great progress," said friend and fellow BMX pro Tim 'Fuzzy' Hall on Friday.

T.J. Lavin has returned home following a month-long hospital stay.

A resident of Salt Lake City, Hall traveled to Las Vegas on Friday to visit Lavin. But Hall's plans changed during the drive to Vegas. "Ain't going to the hospital to visit T.J. I'm driving straight to his house. Welcome home T.J." said Hall via Twitter last night.

"I wanted to make sure I could come down there, say hi to him and see how's he doing. Just to get a collective perspective on how he's really doing," added Hall.

Lavin, who crashed at the Dew Tour Championships on Oct. 14, suffered bleeding on the brain, a broken wrist and an orbital fracture. Lavin remained in a medically induced coma for close to a week, but has made significant progress in his recovery since emerging from the coma. Doctors expect Lavin to make a full recovery.

According to Hall, Lavin has been talkative and concerned about fellow BMX pros that have suffered similar head injuries. "T.J. totally knows what's going on around him, and when I spoke to him last week, when he was coming out of the coma, he was super worried about Mike Aitken and Matt Beringer and what they went through. T.J. was saying, 'I don't know how they went through this.' So he's thinking really deep," said Hall during his drive to Las Vegas.

Hall boasted that Lavin's concern for his fellow pros in similar situations was a positive sign in his recovery. "It just shows what type of guy he is. He's always worried about everyone, even when he's laying in a hospital bed," said Hall.

33-year-old Lavin rose to fame in the BMX dirt scene in the early years of the X Games. The Las Vegas native earned a silver medal in 1996 and gold medals in 1997 and 1999. In the years since, Lavin has remained an aggressive competitor on the Dew Tour Circuit while branching out as a TV host for 10 seasons of MTV's "Real World/Road Rules Challenge." The Dew Tour Championships was to be Lavin's last contest as a professional before retiring.