physicians Andrew Bernard, left, and Stephan Stapczynski
discuss actor Jason Priestley's condition.
is in UK's intensive care unit, where his condition
is serious but stable.
12, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --
Jason Priestley, actor and race car driver, continues
to improve at the University of Kentucky Hospital
in Lexington, Ky., following a race car accident on
was involved in an accident during a practice session
for the Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series at Kentucky
Speedway in Sparta, Ky.
transported from the raceway by UK's Air Medical Service.
the emergency services for participants and spectators
at Kentucky Speedway.
first arrived at UK Hospital, he was evaluated in
the emergency department. While there, he underwent
diagnostic tests including
X-rays, CT scan, angiography and endoscopy.
sustained a moderate concussion as well as a fracture
of his ninth thoracic vertebra. In addition to a contusion
around his left eye, Priestley has lacerations on
the bridge of his nose and left cheek, neck lacerations,
and fractures in both feet.
pulse and blood pressure are normal," said Stephan
Stapczynski , M.D., professor and chair, Department
of Emergency Medicine, University of Kentucky College
of Medicine, and Medical Director at the Kentucky
"He continues to breathe on his own and he responds
to commands and voluntarily moves all his extremities."
initially placed on a ventilator until his condition
was stabilized and his evaluation was complete. The
ventilator was removed as soon as he could resume
breathing on his own yesterday afternoon.
It is expected
he will require a few days to recover from the concussion
before surgical repair of his orthopedic injuries.
Priestley will be fitted with a back brace to assess
the stability of his thoracic vertebra fracture. His
neurological condition will continue to be closely
family wishes to thank everyone for their thoughts
He is in
UK's intensive care unit, where his condition is serious