X16 BMX Big Air Bronze Medalist and Nitro Circus Live rider Andy Buckworth was released from Pitt Memorial hospital in Greenville, N.C. on Sunday after rupturing his spleen last week. Buckworth will remain in Greenville until the end of July, at which point he will be allowed to fly home to Australia to finish recuperating with his family.
Buckworth, 21, who was supposed to be filming for the new Nitro Circus 3D movie at Travis Pastrana's compound in Maryland, was forced to rest following his discharge from the hospital.
"So bummed right now, laying on my back in pain with a ruptured spleen missing out of filming at TP's house for the 3D movie, this sucks so bad," said Buckworth via Facebook on Sunday night.
A CT scan will be done at ten weeks to see how well he is healing.
Buckworth, the creator of the no-handed double frontflip and other yet-to-be-seen MegaRamp combinations, will spend the next 12-16 weeks in recovery, and will reportedly miss both Dew Tour and X Games 17, for which he is pre-qualified in Big Air.
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, but Buckworth was able to avoid surgery.
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.
Buckworth reportedly fell flat on his stomach out of a decade air at The BMX House (Dave Mirra's former private warehouse), causing his spleen to rupture.
Trish Bare Grounds, friend of Buckworth and owner of Bare Essentials Sports Medicine Co., contributed to this article.