Brayden Belden is a surfer from California who is hoping to go pro. He is a fifth-grader at Top of the World Elementary. Brayden is a big brother to two younger sisters, Riley, 9, and Kaley, 5.
Last month, the 11-year-old was vacationing with his parents in Mt. Bachelor, a popular ski area, in Oregon.
On February 20, the family enjoyed some time on the slopes, and Brayden was getting some big air while snowboarding. On his very last jump, Brayden didn’t land properly and ended up suffering a life-threatening injury.
He is still in the hospital and is listed in critical condition.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Was Rushed to St. Charles Hospital & Was Transferred to Randall Children’s Hospital, Where He Remains Today
Brayden’s accident happened suddenly at the very end of his day on the slopes.
“He kept going off these very, very large jumps and just getting more and more confident. It was the last run of the day, and he pushed it. He actually landed, but he caught an edge and hit the back of his head… he went straight back, like whiplash style,” Brayden’s father, Matt Belden told People Magazine.
Matt recalled approaching his son after the fall.
“He was lifeless and he was convulsing. Eyes in the back of the head, shallow breathing. It slowed down too much, so I gave him CPR,” Matt Beldon explained.
Emergency personnel arrived and Brayden was airlifted to St. Charles Hospital in Bend. Upon arriving at the hospital, Brayden’s parents, Matt and Denise, were met by a priest. Although the child wasn’t given his last rites, he was in critical condition; Doctors told his family that he had a mere two hours to live.
Doctors were able to stabilize Brayden and he was airlifted to Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland. Upon his arrival, he was admitted to the intensive care unit.
Matt told the Los Angeles Times that his son’s helmet very well may be the reason that Brayden is still alive.
He is still in a medically induced coma at the hospital. His family has not posted an update in two days (as of March 8).
2. He Is Expected to Live
Just about a week ago, the Belden family received some good news: Brayden wouldn’t need to undergo a craniectomy, which “is a surgery done to remove a part of your skull in order to relieve pressure in that area when your brain swells.”
While he is still in the hospital, Brayden has made some significant strides and his doctors believe that he will live.
“Brayden took his first big step towards recovery today. His brain pressure monitor was removed. The swelling in his brain has stabilized and Brayden WILL LIVE. We still don’t know our starting point with Brayden. The next step is to slowly bring him out of his medically induced coma over the next week. Thank you so much for all of your support. Your prayers and love our helping our boy fight the battle of his life. Your …read more