Pro Bull Rider Akin Has Second Surgery For Head Injury

Sunday, March 11th 2007, 8:02 pm
By: News On 6

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Professional bull rider Lee Akin had a second operation over the weekend and remained hospitalized in critical condition after fracturing his skull during a competition, his mother said Sunday.

The 32-year-old Akin was injured Thursday night during the Southeastern Livestock Exposition and Rodeo when the bull stepped on the left side of his head after he was bucked to the ground.

DeBora Akin-Townson said doctors removed part of her son's skull Saturday to relieve swelling in his brain.

"The doctors are saying he's in critical condition, but his mother is saying 'healed,"' Akin-Townson said while visiting her son at Baptist Medical Center South. "I'm believing that he will be healed. Right now he's in an induced coma. He had the second surgery to allow his brain to expand and not create any additional damage."

Akin, of Weatherford, Okla., made the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's national finals in 2001, finishing third in the world in earnings. In 2005, he made the Professional Bull Riders World Finals for the fourth consecutive year and also appeared on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

Akin-Townson said doctors were unable to remove a blood clot in her son's brain because doing so was too dangerous.

"We're praying that that dissipates and we're asking for prayers," she said. "I've had calls from places you wouldn't believe, Europe and all over the place, telling me that they're praying."