Snowboarder back from the dead

Sharing some Information and Thoughts on Head and Brain Injury

RAINbow (WaikenaeKaiti)

Snowboarder Back from the Dead

By Scott Kara @scottkara

5:30 AM Saturday Jul 20, 2013


Snowboarder Kevin Pearce with brother David at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Photo / AP

It could have been a scene from a movie. A thrill-seeking pro snowboarder suffers a traumatic brain injury. After emerging from a month-long coma, he is still a man of empty-eyed stares managing only the faintest of hand movements. He finally becomes responsive after hearing his favourite song … and heads on a path to recovery.

No, that particular scene isn’t in The Crash Reel, a film about the life of former champion American snowboarder Kevin Pearce, but it did happen.

His older brother, Adam, played Neil Young’s The Believer to him in hospital. Kevin started mouthing the words to the…

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