clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Good News For Burleson's Stacy Sykora

It's been one week since Stacy Sykora was involved in a bus crash in Sao Paulo that left her in serious condition in a Brazilian hospital.

↵
↵

Sykora hit her head when the bus carrying her team to a match crashed in the rain just outside Sao Paulo last Tuesday.

↵

She passed out briefly but otherwise seemed fine after the crash, but exams eventually showed she had serious injuries. She was in critical condition when she was transferred to the Sirio Libanes hospital in Sao Paulo, having difficulty breathing and with bleeding and swelling on the left side of her brain.

↵
↵

The former Burleson High and Aggie star and three-time U.S. volleyball Olympian was kept in a medically induced coma for several days, but made progress over the weekend, having her ventilator removed and being brought to consciousness. She took more positive steps toward recovery Monday, as she ate without the help of a feeding tube and took her first steps. She was transferred to a semi-ICU Tuesday and is expected to be able to leave the hospital soon. 

↵

Sykora's volleyball future is still in doubt, but those who know her well aren't willing to count her out.

↵
↵

Sykora's coach at Texas A&M, Laurie Corbelli said "We are grateful that the injury is not life threatening and that she should be able to live a normal life. If anyone can overcome this, it is Stacy. She is more stubborn, in a good way, and so determined and passionate to be the best, and she has proven that she is. She will fight like crazy to get back onto the court."

↵

"I know she was planning to go for her fourth Olympics, and I hope she is able to do that.

↵

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.