Following the tragic X-Games training accident of skier Sarah Burke, the progress is being held by the family following more medical procedures at the University of Utah. The nature of this injury in which upon an awkward landing, she tore the vertebral artery in her neck. This blood vessel is a key oxygen supply to the brain stem and runs through small channels in the cervical vertebrae of the top 6 bones of the neck. She was reported to have gone into immediate cardiac arrest and was treated by EMT's at the scene. Tearing of the vertebral artery can create 2 significant health issues, one being the obvious internal bleeding and pressure around sensitive nerve tissue of the brain stem and spinal cord and secondly the real potential loss of oxygen to the brain that resembles the effects of a stroke. This type of injury often results in either some form of paralysis, loss of motor skill, vision, breathing, speech loss and many other neurological conditions. The medical staff induced a coma in the trauma center to help slow brain function and better be able to assess and treat and surgically repair the tear. The long term prognosis will be a direct result of the amount and time of oxygen and blood loss to the brain tissue that the artery feeds. It is all hopes and prayers that she suffers little permanent injury, but unfortunately the possibility of long term disability lingers.