Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke died Thursday after sustaining serious injuries in a skiing accident onJan. 10.
Burke died at the age of 29 in hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, after tearing the artery that supplies blood to the brainstem during a training run in the superpipe at a personal sponsor event at the Park City Mountain resort.
As the result ofa fall after completing a jump,she suffered a ruptured vertebral artery, one of the four major arteries supplying blood to the brain.This caused her to go intocardiac arrest.
Emergency personnel responded and CPR was administered on the scene during which time she remained without a pulse or spontaneous breathing.