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Old 03-22-2010, 04:09 PM   #1
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Dave Mirra hospitalized

Dave Mirra diagnosed with bacterial meningitis

BMX legend Dave Mirra, the current record holder for most X Games medals (24 as of X Games 15) has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and is currently hospitalized in the Greenville, NC area. Sources close to Mirra said that he has shown steady improvement since starting antibiotic therapy. Reportedly, his fever is coming down and his vitals are good, but doctors still need to run tests to determine the type of bacteria he was infected with.

Mirra entered the hospital late last week, but could return home as early as tomorrow, although he will have to remain on antibiotic IV for two weeks.

News of Mirra's condition began to spread via Twitter and Facebook on Friday, with the phrase "Positive energy goes out to Dave Mirra" being re-tweeted throughout the BMX world by friends, fellow pros, industry insiders and fans. On Sunday, the news was confirmed via Mirra's official Dave Mirra Facebook page, stating "[Dave] is on antibiotics and we are praying for a full recovery."

In 1995, Mirra was injured riding while riding vert, and underwent a splenectomy. As a result, Mirra has an increased susceptibility to infection by bacteria.

Bacterial meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. If left untreated, bacterial meningitis can result in brain damage, hearing loss or learning disabilities. Bacterial meningitis can be treated with a number of effective antibiotics. It is important, however, that treatment be started early in the course of the disease.

Dave Mirra, 35, is an undisputed BMX legend and full-time BMX and Rally Car professional. A longtime resident of the Greenville, NC area, Mirra rose to fame in the late '80s as an expert vert and flatland rider, turning pro for GT Bicycles in 1991. In 1995, Mirra won a silver medal for vert in the inaugural X Games, and has medaled in every X Games since, holding the record for most medals won by an athlete (currently at 24.) In 2006, after leaving Haro on good terms, Mirra founded MirraCo Bicycles. Currently, Mirra continues to ride at a professional level (earning a bronze medal in Big Air at XG15 and second overall in year end standings for Dew Tour park '09) and also races rally cars on a professional level. His sponsors include Bell Helmets, MirraCo Bike Company, Pahr, DC Shoes, Monster Energy, Maxxis Tires, Oxy and Subaru.

From all of us at ESPN Action Sports, positive energy goes out to Dave Mirra.

We will be updating this story as we receive more information.

It seems Mirra always plays second fiddle to Block and Pastrana, but I think he's turning into a good driver. Good luck on a speedy recovery!
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Old 03-22-2010, 05:11 PM   #2
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Old 03-22-2010, 05:23 PM   #3
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I talked with him at his rally debut at the 2008 STPR in Wellsboro, PA. He's a great guy and VERY approachable. We talked for quite a while about all sorts of things. You could see he was humbled to be a part of a brand new sport.

BEST WISHES GO OUT TO DAVE!!!! Get better soon!!!
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Old 03-22-2010, 05:36 PM   #4
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Second fiddle or not he has me beat haha Get well Soon!
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Old 03-22-2010, 06:08 PM   #5
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:45 PM   #6
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Super nice guy.Spoke to him at the 100 Acre Wood Rally and was great to talk to.Side note: My mother contracted bacterial meningitis 2 years ago and was in ICU for 2 weeks.Greatfully the doctors diagnosed it and started antibiotics early and she recovered just fine.It is a dangerous condition.
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:57 PM   #7
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Get well soon Dave!!!!!!
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:59 PM   #8
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Wow, get well soon indeed.
There were 2 school kids that died from this last week here.
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:06 AM   #9
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That can be VERY serious.
I wish him speedy recovery and hope for no permanent damage as a result.
Our thoughts go out to him.
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:15 AM   #10
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He was my role model in the BMX days, didn't know he was a driver now.

Hope for a speedy recovery!
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