MTV's TJ Lavin "Awake and Talking," Suffers Memory Loss
Slowly but surely, TJ Lavin is on the mend.
The BMX star and Real World/Road Rules Challenge host suffered critical injuries in an Oct. 14 bike mishap in Las Vegas, and was in a medically induced coma last week.
This week? "He's doing better," Chas Aday, Lavin's friend, manager and business partner told UsMagazine.com on Monday.
"He's off the ventilator and breathing on his own. He's awake and talking."
Aday added, however, that Lavin, 33, is "not making a lot of sense right now, but that will come with time. He's getting better day by day."
After falling during the Dew Tour Championships (his intended final ride as a BMX pro), Lavin suffered brain bleeding, a broken wrist and an orbital fracture. He's scheduled for wrist surgery on Tuesday, and will soon attend rehab "to start working on getting his memory back," Aday told Us. "The doctors are expecting him to have a full recovery, we just don't know how long it'll take."
Lavin's cognition is presently still very shaky, Aday admitted. "It's tough, but he'll get there. He recognizes friends and family. He's just putting the pieces of the puzzle together."
The athlete and reality star's memory of the bike crash itself is also tenuous. "He knows he's in the hospital because so many people have told him, but I'm not sure if he's really connected the pieces yet," Aday explained.
As he recuperates, Lavin has constant company: his mother Barbara, longtime girlfriend Roxanne Siordia and other loves ones are by his side "every day," Aday said.
A fundraiser for Lavin and friend Ty Pinney (a BMX-er who suffered similarly grave injuries in an Oct. 13 bike accident) will be held at the Hard Rock Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Nov. 19. "It'll raise money for medical bills and to raise awareness for head trauma and the importance of wearing helmets," Aday told Us. "Because if they didn't have helmets on they would probably both be dead."