Professional Bull Rider Jerome Davis Seriously Injured in Fort Worth

Mar 15, 1998, 00:00 ET from Professional Bull Riders

    FORT WORTH, Texas, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The competition took a tragic
 turn for Jerome Davis last night at the Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge,
 the eighth stop on the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) 1998 Bud Light Cup Tour
 presented by Las Vegas.
     Davis, a 25-year-old bull rider from Archdale, NC, collided head-to-head
 with Jerry Nelson's bull, Knock 'Em Out John, approximately 5 seconds into his
 ride during Saturday night's round one of competition.  Directly following the
 initial impact of Davis' jaw and the bull's horn, an unconscious Davis was
 thrown to the ground.  Davis was immediately taken to John Peter Smith
 Hospital in Fort Worth where medical officials reported that Davis' injury was
 a displaced vertebrae in his neck.
     According to Justin Sportsmedicine Director Tandy Freeman, M.D., Davis is
 currently paralyzed in his lower extremities due to the severity of the
 cervical (spine and neck area) injuries, but he remains in stable condition.
 Davis will undergo surgery today.
     "The surgery today will decompress the spinal cord stabilizing the spine
 and the neck," said Freeman.  "He (Davis) is alert and aware of what's going
 on.  The prognosis at this time for full recovery is guarded and more
 information will be available tomorrow."
     Randy Bernard, chief executive officer for the PBR, said, "At this time
 each member of the PBR, and all of the families and friends are praying for
 Jerome, and we are hoping to have encouraging news following the surgery
     All questions regarding the status and progress of Jerome Davis can be
 directed to the Professional Bull Riders Headquarters in Colorado Springs,
 Colo., 719-471-3008, ext. 114.

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