Details at the moment are sketchy, but we are getting reports that X Games Big Air competitor Morgan Wade crashed on a double tailwhip on the quarterpipe portion of the Nescau MegaRamp Invitational in Sao Paulo, Brazil and reportedly ruptured his spleen.
Update at 9:54 p.m. with additional news from MegaRamp BMX Sport Organizer Kevin Robinson: "Morgan is in surgery now. They weren't sure if they were going to just have to repair his spleen or remove it. Couldn't tell until they got in there. He'll have to stay here for five to seven days depending on how the surgery is. He's in good spirits and is one tough S.O.B. He'll get through this for sure. He's medically covered under MegaRamp athlete insurance, which is awesome!"Update at 10:53 p.m. from Trish Bare Grounds, via Morgan's wife Natalie: "Natalie texted me about a half hour ago that Morgan is out of surgery and got to keep his spleen. He will have to remain in Brazil for a little while before he will be allowed to return home. For all he has gone through today he still was joking around on the phone with Natalie."
27-year-old Wade, a resident of Tyler, Texas, won the first stop of the MegaRamp Championship series last month at Woodward West in Tehachapi, Calif. Wade is a seasoned MegaRamp competitor, having ridden in X Games Big Air for the past five years, and has been a competing pro on the BMX circuit since 2002.
Located on the left side of these abdominal cavity, the spleen is an organ of the lymphatic system that is the primary filtering element for blood in the body. The organ also plays an important role in storing and releasing certain types of immune cells that mediate tissue inflammation. Typically, emergency surgery is performed on the patient to control the amount of blood that leaks into the abdominal cavity after a splenic rupture.
In the past, legendary BMX pros such as Mat Hoffman, Dave Mirra and Taj Mihelich have ruptured their spleens and underwent emergency surgery to remove the organ and control the bleeding.
We will update this story more as it develops. Send positive thoughts Morgan's way.
Aguinaldo Chaves and Trish Bare grounds contributed information to this story.