Sarah Burke dies after freestyle skiing injury, organs donated
"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."