IRL: Team Rahal update on Brack back surgery

DALLAS, Texas.-- IRL Indy Car driver Kenny Brack underwent a second surgery late Monday night (Oct. 13) at Parkland Memorial Hospital, said Dr. Henry Bock, director of medical services for the Indy Racing League. Dr. Kevin Morrill, a top surgeon...

DALLAS, Texas.-- IRL Indy Car driver Kenny Brack underwent a second surgery late Monday night (Oct. 13) at Parkland Memorial Hospital, said Dr. Henry Bock, director of medical services for the Indy Racing League.

Dr. Kevin Morrill, a top surgeon at Parkland Hospital, led a staff of seven in the lengthy procedure that repaired the lumbar region of Brack's vertabre.

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

Brack suffered a fractured right femur, a fractured sternum and lumbar and fractures to both ankles in an accident on lap 188 of the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, the final race of the 2003 IndyCar Series season.

"Last night, we performed an open fixation on the spinal fracture - L-3 vertebra - and a spinal fusion of the L-2, L-3 and L-4 vertebra," said Morrill. "He was moving his legs and toes. Now we'll monitor his status for the next few days. There is no doubt that Kenny's great physical condition helped him in this surgery."

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

"Everyone at Team Rahal is extremely pleased with the care of Kenny at Parkland Hospital," said Scott Roembke, chief operating officer and general manager of Team Rahal. "According to the doctors, Kenny is coming along well and we just ask that everyone please pray for his speedy recovery."

Letters, cards and best wishes to Kenny can be sent to:
Team Rahal
4601 Lyman Drive
Hilliard, OH 43026
www.rahal.com.

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