IRL: Brack medical update 2003-10-15

Doctors pleased with Brack's progress; Anita Brack talked to media Wednesday. DALLAS, Texas.-- Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack continues to show improvement Wednesday (Oct. 15) at Parkland Memorial Hospital, said Dr. Henry Bock, director of...

Doctors pleased with Brack's progress; Anita Brack talked to media Wednesday.

DALLAS, Texas.-- Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack continues to show improvement Wednesday (Oct. 15) at Parkland Memorial Hospital, said Dr. Henry Bock, director of medical services for the Indy Racing League.

Brack, the 1999 Indy 500 champion, remains in serious, but stable condition, Bock said.

Doctors from four departments - Neurosurgeons, Orthopedic surgeons, cardio specialists and the trauma team -- at Parkland Hospital observed and talked to Brack in the Intensive Car Unit Wednesday. All of the doctors and specialists were pleased with Brack's progress as he recovers from Sunday's horrifying crash at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Since the Chevy 500 incident, Brack has had two surgeries for his injuries including a fractured right femur, a fractured sternum and lumbar vertebrae and fractures to both ankles in an accident on lap 188 of the schedule 200-lap event, the final race of the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series season.

On Sunday night, Brack's ankles and right femur were repaired while, on Monday night, his L-3 vertebrae was fused to the L-2 and L-4 in an eight-hour procedure.

Brack's wife, Anita, met with the media Wednesday afternoon and described her feelings on the accident, her husband's injuries, his current condition and the future.

"We are having good news everyday," said Anita Brack. "That's has been very uplifting for myself, Kenny's friends and family and our Team Rahal crew. Sure, it has been tough for us after seeing Kenny in such an amazing crash. Of course, my first thought was to ask if he was still alive. But after a few minutes, I knew he was hurt but felt he could survive. When I was able to talk to him at the track care center, that was a big relief. He was joking with us at the hospital and talked to Michael (Andretti), Bryan (Herta), Dario (Franchitti) and Bobby (Rahal) before going into surgery Sunday night. I was more relieved then.

"I don't know if he will race again. That is up to Kenny. If he wants to race, I will be behind him. I love racing too. My instinct says he will want to race. But we know he has a long recovery period ahead. All of the C.T. scans show everything is good including his head. So I think he will be the same Kenny when he is well again. That's all I want right now."

Further updates on Brack's condition will be provided when available.

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