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Mark McMorris was in a backcountry accident outside of Whistler, Canada on Saturday, March 25th and fractured his jaw, left arm, ruptured his spleen and sustained rib fractures, a collapsed left lung and a pelvis fracture.
Mark was airlifted from the scene to Vancouver General Hospital where he underwent two surgeries. The emergent first surgery stopped the bleeding from his spleen. The second stabilized his arm and jaw fractures.
Canada Snowboard Team Physician, Doctor Rodney J. French, told Canada Snowboard both surgeries went well.
“While both the mandible and humerus fractures were complicated injuries, the surgeries went very well and both fractures are now stabilized to heal in excellent position,” said Dr. French in statement.
“It is too early to speculate on a timeline for Mark’s recovery,” the Dr. continued.
This injury comes just a year and a month after Mark shattered his femur while competing at Air + Style LA in February 2016. Since then, McMorris has been dedicated to rehabbing and came back strong to the contest circuit this season.
This winter, Mark won three X Games medals, two World Cup titles, and Slopestyle Finals at the Burton US Open.
We’ll update this story as more info comes in.
We wish Sparky a speedy recovery.