Brooke Dunleavy

18 year old Ski cross racer from Australia

What Happened

To clear things up I was in a big accident on a ski cross course, the day before a race doing my training runs.  There were two jumps in a row and I over shot the first, sending me into the back seat where I proceeded to go off the next jump (sitting down) where I flipped upside down, flew 30m and landed on my head then slid another 30.

 

The injuries I sustained were:

-Dislocate both my femurs backwards (One was almost touching my spinal cord)

-Dislocated my sacroiliac. 

-Fractured my pelvis in 6 places

-Fractured 4 vertebrae in my neck (including snapping 1 in half)

-Tore my MCL and have bad bone bruising in my knee

-Lung contusions

-Major concussion

-Tear in Shoulder

-Torn Calf Muscle

-Severe never damage.

POC

Also I would like to thank you for setting me up with the POC sponsorship. Because as the surgeon said having good protective equipment probably saved my life.  Instead of just breaking my neck I would have broken my back as well and my helmet probably saved me from more serious head injuries. (Even if it wrecked my helmet.)  So thank you again! I owe you.

Leogang Austria

Leogang Austria

Message To Poc

Unfortunately I had a serious ski race injury in Sweden.  I have broken my neck in 4 places, my pelvis in 6 places, dislocated both femurs and my sacroiliac from my pelvis, tore my medial ligament and had lung contusions and concussion.  I was flown from Mora hospital to a big hospital just outside Stockholm in critical condition.  I was in intensive care for 5 days but I am now recovering well.  I have just been transported to a hospital in Australia (Epworth Hospital in Richmond) after 6 weeks in a Swedish hospital.  The surgeons are absolutely amazed at my recovery and I am very happy that I will make a full recovery.

I have to say I am incredibly lucky that I was wearing my POC helmet (even though it’s broken now) and POC back protector as they both worked amazingly well (as my surgeon said “they saved my life”), otherwise I would been a quadriplegic or dead. I was so lucky to have minimal head trauma and not to have completely broken my back.  I am so indebted to POC that I had the best gear.
I was having a good comeback season from my knee surgery last year. I competed in two World Cups early in the season (22nd and a fall in the second run) which was great considering I had had little training on my new knee, and no jumps training at all.  I finished 6th and 8th in FIS (International Open Race) races in Germany, 11th in a FIS race in Italy and 12th in a Europa Cup (Pre-World Cup race).  I was also selected in the Australian Junior Ski Cross team to compete in the Junior World Championships in Italy two weeks ago which was very exciting.  I was in Sweden doing a Europa Cup in readiness for Junior Worlds.  I was racing the best I had all season and my knee and I were ready to slay the Europa Cup and Junior Worlds - it was going to be great.  Unfortunately that wasn’t to be, but that is racing.  I will come back better and stronger for next season.
I certainly will be a great example to everyone in regard to wearing the best safety equipment. The surgeons and I were very thankful I was wearing quality equipment.  I also aim to be a great example to everyone in regard to my recovery and work ethic in coming back stronger and better than before.  I am already walking further every day and can’t wait to get back to my very trusty physio.

The Story…

Unfortunately I had a serious ski race injury in Sweden.  I have broken my neck in 4 places, my pelvis in 6 places, dislocated both femurs and my sacroiliac from my pelvis, tore my medial ligament and had lung contusions and concussion.  I was flown from Mora hospital to a big hospital just outside Stockholm in critical condition.  I was in intensive care for 5 days but I am now recovering well.  I have just been transported to a hospital in Australia (Epworth Hospital in Richmond) after 6 weeks in a Swedish hospital.  The surgeons are absolutely amazed at my recovery and I am very happy that I will make a full recovery.

Sydney

So straight from hospital we drove to Sydney for the 2012 NSWIS induction, where I had been awarded for the second year a scholarship for ski cross.

Release!!

Finally after 3 months and 3 hospitals I have finally been released. Life’s great!!!!

After 3 Months I am going home!!!

After three months Brooke Dunleavy has been sent home from hospital. Great news - miracle of the year. So happy for Brooke and her family. Re- Extreme Parenting  via Jan Dunleavy

Excursion 2

Dinner With the Edgars!

Neck Brace Off!!!

Mothers Day

Mothers Day Lunch- Brooke got a day pass from hospital to celebrate.- Re Jan Dunleavy


Happy Mothers Day Mummy!

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First Adventure Out

First Adventure Out to see Collingwood at the MCG

Rehab Ward

Moved to the Rehab ward! 
I am now at 3NS (Normany building) room 15. So if you want to come and visit me, text me on 0437469193 so I can work it around session times. Much Love.



Surprise Visit!

National Team came and visited me. Such a great surprise!! Was so good to see them. 

Legend- Via Sami Kennedy-Sim

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