As some of you know, on June 11, Ernest was found unconscious near the Pacific Coast Highway after leaving his roommates in Santa Monica (Los Angeles) to head home. Upon being found, he was rushed to hospital where it was found that he had a significant skull fracture and brain damage that caused swelling and bleeding. The next day, he had an emergency surgery to remove a part of his skull to relieve the pressure and has since been in a critical comatose state. Everyday since, Ernest has been fighting for his life and fighting to recover with the help of the UCLA neurology medical staff and has shown small but positive signs of improvement. However, according to the doctors, this process of him coming out of the comatose state and reconnecting the mind to the body is likely to take several weeks to several months due to the extent of the injury and brain damage.
For those of you who know Ernest, you know that he is a fighter and extremely competitive so we KNOW that he is in there still giving all his power and might to come to us sooner rather than later. His family and loved ones continue to be greatly appreciative of all the love, support, positive thoughts, and prayers sent towards them and their beloved Ern.
His father and brother have flown from his hometown Houston to be at his side as he continues to fight his way back to us. Everyday, hearing the voices and commands of his family members and loved ones will play a huge role in his hopeful recovery. As this process will most certainly be a lengthy one, we ask that you contribute on Ernest's behalf to help fund him and his family's living expenses and travel expenses so he can continue to have his family by his side. Any amount or type of help is greatly appreciated.
(This post was created by Chai Reece, college friend, teammate, brother, current roommate, from Los Angeles.)