Former BYU Cosmo remains in coma after snowboarding accident

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Casey Fehlberg, 30, is in a coma after a snowboarding accident in Park City on Feb. 27, 2016.

Casey Fehlberg remains in a medically-induced coma at the University of Utah Hospital following a snowboarding accident. Family have set up a GoFundMe account to pay for Fehlberg's medical expenses, as he was uninsured at the time of the accident. (Screenshot)
Casey Fehlberg remains in a medically-induced coma at the University of Utah Hospital following a snowboarding accident. Family have set up a GoFundMe account to pay for Fehlberg’s medical expenses, as he was uninsured at the time of the accident. (Screenshot)

Fehlberg sustained major head trauma and was life-flighted to the University of Utah Medical Center. The CT scans showed swelling and bleeding in his brain. Fehlberg is currently in a medically-induced coma, and his family posts almost-daily updates on Fehlberg’s Go Fund Me account.

Fehlberg formerly filled the role as BYU’s mascot, Cosmo while also pursuing his love for action and music as a member of BYU’s Men’s Chorus, according to KSL.

The coma came after Fehlberg attempted a trick with “big air.” He was thrown off-balance and landed face-first toward the ground and the front edge of his snowboard caught on the jump. Although Fehlberg was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, it offered little protection because of the way he landed.

According to the most recent update on the account, Fehlberg is no longer receiving paralytic medication. Fehlberg tolerated the transition well, without any drastic rise of pressure in the area surrounding his brain. Doctors have also removed one of the monitors in Fehlberg’s skull after seeing satisfying results regarding his levels of blood perfusion throughout his brain. Once all of the hardware surrounding Fehlberg’s skull is removed, doctors will be able to perform an MRI scan that will show them the extent of his brain injury.

Fehlberg was uninsured at the time of the accident, and a Go Fund Me account has been set up to help cover medical expenses. The family has also started a social media campaign, #GoBigForCasey, to help bring awareness to his accident. They continue to provide updates on the Go Fund Me account and Fehlberg’s Instagram account.

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