Olympic dressage rider Courtney Dye is still in a coma as of today, March 8, after a riding accident that occurred while schooling on March 3, but she shows no sign of deteriorating further.
“The monitor measuring pressure on her brain was removed. She’s off sedation right now, but she is being watched carefully because it is essential that she be still,” reported Lendon Gray. “While she is still intubated, there are signs that she will be able to breathe when they remove the tube in a day or two. Tomorrow they plan to do an MRI, which will tell us much more about how much damage has been done to the brain.”
Jason Dye, Courtney’s husband, posted a message thanking everyone for their support during this difficult time on her website: http://www.courtneykingdressage.com/. People who want to send messages to Courtney can email them to ComebackCourt@gmail.com. Cards should go to: Courtney Dye, 2442 Muir Circle, Wellington, FL 33414.
On March 7, riders and fans held a prayer vigil and wore green ribbons at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby (Fla.)—the next competition on Courtney’s schedule—to show their support and caring.
Although the Dyes aren’t asking for donations, contributions towards Courtney’s medical costs may be sent to Jason at the Wellington address above. Checks should be made out to Courtney. She does have health insurance, but there will be many additional expenses associated with her hospital stay and recovery. Any money left over once Courtney recovers will be donated to charity.
“It’s still very grave, but since the accident, there’s been nothing negative. The bleed stopped quickly. The pressure never built up on her brain. She’s responded as expected. That’s a little bit of good news,” said Gray.