Sarah Burke dies after freestyle skiing injury, organs donated

sarah-burke-freestyle-skier.jpgCanadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke was instrumental in getting freestyle skiing included in the Winter Olympics, but sadly, she won't be going for the gold when the Olympics debut the sport in 2014. The 29-year-old athlete has died, nine days after a tragic crash at the bottom of a superpipe while training at the Park City Mountain resort in Utah.

"Sarah passed away peacefully surrounded by those she loved. In accordance with Sarah's wishes, her organs and tissues were donated to save the lives of others," says a spokesperson. Burke had been in a medically induced coma since having brain surgery. "After the operation, numerous neurological examinations, electrodiagnostic tests and imaging studies revealed that Sarah sustained severe irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest."

The statement goes on to say, "The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude for the international outpouring of support they have received from all the people Sarah touched."
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