GCCC baseball player in intensive care after fall

1/29/2014

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

Garden City Community College baseball player Garrett Bryant was hospitalized on Sunday morning after falling down a flight of stairs and suffering a fractured skull.

Bryant, a Fort Collins, Colo., native, was airlifted by helicopter to St. Anthony hospital in Denver on Sunday, where he underwent surgery and is now in the Intensive Care Unit using a ventilator to help him breath.

Bryant's mother, Sandie Bryant, has been updating a daily journal at www.caringbridge.org/visit/garrettbryantprogress.

Her last post at 1:30 MST on Tuesday updated that the doctors at St. Anythony attempted to wake Bryant but were unsuccesful.

"Well Garrett didn't want to wake up," Sandie Bryant wrote. "They took him off the meds that put him in a coma state. He is now on a med that makes him in a state of calmness."

On Monday, Sandie Bryant wrote that the hospital staff were optimistic about Garrett Bryant's condition as his blood pressure, brain swelling and fever were all at normal levels.

"At this point, we're concerned about the health and well-being of Garrett," sports information director Dan Delgado said in a telephone interview on Tuesday evening. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Garrett, his family and all of those he's touched."

The Broncbuster baseball team is scheduled to begin their season on Feb. 8, and Delgado said there have not been any changes made to that schedule.

Bryant, a sophomore, signed a letter of intent in November 2013 to play at Division I Louisiana Tech next year.

The CaringBridge.org website also serves as a site for donations to the Bryant family and a guestbook for visitors to sign and post.

The outpouring of support on the page was felt by the Bryant family, as Sandie Bryant posted on Monday, thanking the Garden City baseball team, among several other teams, groups and people who have sent support.

"We love you all," she wrote. "Keep the calls, text and most of all your prayers coming (sic)."

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