Injured Canadian Skier Headed Home
Dec. 14, 1997
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Megan Mullen, the national junior team skier who suffered serious facial injuries in a car crash in Italy, is headed home next week for surgery, her father said Saturday.
Surgeons at Calgary's Foothills Hospital are preparing to do reconstructive surgery on Mullen's face when she returns, her father, Bruce, told the Calgary Sun on Saturday.
Mullen, 18, from Banff, was travelling in the Canadian junior ski team's van from Italy to Switzerland when it crashed into the back of a truck in heavy fog.
The accident broke her nose and cheekbone, and she lost several teeth.
Mullen remained in the intensive care neurosurgery unit of University Hospital in Verona, Italy, where she already has received plastic surgery on her lips.
The other five members of the Canadian junior team and officials in the van escaped with minor injuries.
Mullen's brother, Chad, a member of the national men's ski team, planned to be with his sister on Sunday.
``Chad was skiing in Switzerland and as soon as he heard what happened to his sister made plans to drive to be with her,'' Bruce Mullen said.
``Chad and Megan are really close and that was his first thought, to be with her. Chad's staying there to fly home with her.''
Teammate Tanis Fishman, 19, has been with Megan Mullen since she regained consciousness and also plans to fly home with her.
Megan Mullen's cousin, Canadian downhiller Cary Mullen _ himself recovering from a severe concussion from a skiing crash _ is keeping in close contact with the family by phone, Bruce Mullen said.
``He calls several times a day to keep in touch with his cousin's progress,'' he said.
Cary Mullen is still suffering double vision and other after-effects of a high-speed downhill crash at Beaver Creek, Colo., last week.