LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Doctors at East Texas Medical Center Tyler upgraded Cody Hollums' condition to stable earlier this week. Prior to that, the cowboy's condition had been listed as serious.
Hollums, a veteran CBR bullfighter from Midland, was seriously injured when he was struck by a bull during Saturday's David Wisener Memorial Bull Riding event, which was held at Lufkin's George H. Henderson Exposition Center.
"The doctors have said that Cody's inter-cranial pressure is decreasing, which is very, very encouraging," Chuck Griffith, the coordinator of the bull riding event and the owner of Lufkin Ranch & Rodeo, said.
Griffith said that although Hollums is still in a coma, he is being kept medicated to keep him calm. In addition, his latest CT scan shows improvement, Griffith said in an e-mail.
Earlier this week, doctors reduced his pain medication to help bring him out of the coma. During that time, Hollums responded to verbal commands from the medical staff by moving his fingers and giving a thumbs-up sign.
Cody Hollums' family posted a message on the David Wisener Memorial Bull Riding page on Facebook.
"We want to thank each and every one of you for your prayers and support during this traumatic time," the family wrote on the Facebook page. "We want you to know how much we appreciate all the words of encouragement and prayers for Cody."
The message stated that an account has been set up for Hollums at the Community National Bank in Midland. For more information on how to donate to the fund, visit www.facebook/DavidWisenerMemorialBullRiding. According to the message on Facebook, they family has requested that anyone who is trying to organize a fundraising event on Hollums' behalf contact Justin Sanderlin at (432) 557-3598.
Cody Hollums, 27, a bullfighter with five years of experience with the CBR circuit, was protecting a bull rider that had gotten thrown from a bull during Saturday's event when he was injured. Hollums stepped in to distract the bull, and the fallen bull rider was able to escape without any injuries.
In a previous story, Griffith explained that the bull spun around and hit Hollums in the chest, knocking him to the ground. He said the bull continued to spin, and one of its rear legs struck a glancing blow to the side of Hollums' head. The blow knocked Hollums out, Griffith said. It also left a shallow cut over his ear.
While Hollums was down, the other two bullfighters distracted the bull long enough for the horse-mounted pick-up man to rope the bull and drag it to the other side of the arena. On-scene paramedics rushed to Hollums' side within seconds. After loading him onto a stretcher, they took him to a Lufkin hospital. From there, he was airlifted to EMTC Tyler for further treatment.
The David Wisener Memorial Bull Riding event was held in memory of David Wisener, the general manager of Lufkin Ranch & Rodeo. Wisener was killed in a three-vehicle accident in the Midland area in March. He had been hauling livestock to Glendale, Ariz. when the accident occurred.