There has already been a brief posting on Danny Toumarkine, but I thought I would get a little more personal on this one. On the third of January, Danny Toumarkine suffered a traumatic head injury while riding up in Montana on a filming trip. He was life flighted to Benefis hospital in Great Falls, where he had emergency craniotomy surgery. Since then, he’s had another craniotomy. They cut a piece of his skull out and stored it in his abdominal area until the swelling of his brain goes down enough to reattach the piece. Danny is in stable condition.
Danny grew up in North Conway, NH. He currently lives in Tahoe City with the rest of the Shreddy Times crew. They’ve been making edits, I’m sure you’ve seen the Mike Wilson 99 Foot Rope Swing edit…yup, that was them. He rides at Northstar with the occasional day at Squaw if I can convince him to. He’s amazing, talented, funny, energetic, artistic and has the best laugh in the world (yes, it’s true). I’m currently sitting next to him in ICU room number 5109. When I look up at him my mind is flooded with amazing memories with him. I don’t know if you know Danny, but if you would like to keep track of how he’s doing, share some of your memories/words of encouragement, or make a donation toward his recovery visit www.dannyisthebomb.com. There are T-shirts, stickers, and live strong bracelets (customized to say Danny Is The Bomb), as well as some hand made hats that I’ve been working on in the gear section of the site if you feel so inclined to support Danny through this.
Last night we got some of the best responses from Danny while doing the routine nuero tests. He was able to give us a thumbs up, open his eyes and move them around a bit, and when the nurse asked him is he was in pain, he raised his thumb. These things might seem small, but every bit of progress towards his recovery is a step in the right direction.
This is a wild experience for Danny, it’s the scariest thing I’ve ever been a part of, and Danny is an amazing addition to the Lake Tahoe community. I have a good feeling that he will wake up and recover from this injury. The love and support that has already been shown on www.dannyisthebomb.com has been absolutely amazing. We are regularly updating the site with any news on his recovery. Thank you guys for the support. It means the world to us and I can’t wait for the day that Danny sees all of the love and encouragement that people have been sending his way.