PBR bull rider recovering after injury and surgery

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) - Six-time PBR World Finals qualifier Chase Outlaw, from Hamburg, Arkansas, is recovering at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center following facial reconstructive surgery after getting injured during the PBR at Cheyenne Frontier Days event on Monday evening.

In a statement on behalf of the family, Chase’s sister, Brittany, said that Chase is doing well after undergoing a 12-hour surgery on Tuesday.

“He is doing good,” Brittany said. “They gave him some pretty good pain medicine earlier that knocked him out. The doctor said the surgery went well. Everything is coming back together. It was the worst facial reconstruction he has ever seen. He has been awake and he is talking.”

Dr. William Wyatt performed the surgery.

“The hospital has been phenomenal and everyone is so nice,” Brittany added. “We love the doctor. He has been really, really nice.”

Chase was injured Monday night when his head collided with War Cloud while he was attempting to ride the bull during the PBR Touring Pro Division event. Outlaw was transported to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and rushed into surgery after X-rays revealed a series of major bilateral fractures on both sides of his face.

According to Rick Foster, program director for the Justin Sports Medicine Team, Outlaw's injuries are not considered life-threatening.

"He has all of those facial fractures, but nothing life-threatening or serious for his future right now," Foster said on Tuesday afternoon.

Dr. Wyatt was in attendance at the bull riding on Tuesday night and confirmed Outlaw's injuries were some of the worst he had ever seen. Wyatt said Outlaw had 15 fractures on each side of his face and that the surgery involved 68 screws, 11 plates and four pieces of surgical mesh.

Brittany and Chase’s wife, Nicole, extend their deepest gratitude for all of the thoughts, prayers and messages they have received since the injury.