Brad “The Bullet” Baker

Brad “The Bullet” Baker, X Games Flat Track athlete was critically injury this past Sunday, July 22nd at X Games.

 


During Flat Track race practice at X Games, Brad high-sided over the handlebars and suffered a spinal cord injury. He was immediately transported by EMS to a local hospital in Minneapolis where he underwent surgery to repair the multiple fractures to his T6, T7, and T8 vertebra. These fractures released bone fragments that were putting pressure on his spinal cord causing paralysis from the middle of his back down. His surgeons fused his T3 through T10 together, placed a drain in his back to remove a hematoma, and addressed his bilateral broken 7th ribs. The good news is that his spinal cord was not severed and the surgery to repair his vertebra and release the pressure on his cord went well. On Tuesday the 25th, his doctors were able to remove the drain.

As of now Brad has not regained movement of his lower body. He states that he has some tingling and burning sensation in his feet and can feel some vibrations in his knees. Brad is already starting in-patient therapy at the hospital and is looking into in-patient therapy hospitals closer to his home in Washington State.

It is still too early to know the outcome from his injuries, however Brad and his family remain hopeful and positive. His injuries are extensive and it is going to be a very long and hard road ahead for Brad and his family. Being the 2013 Grand National Champion and third youngest to become a champion in the history of the sport; Brad is no stranger to hard work and the dedication that will be needed in the upcoming months.

He does have insurance that will cover some of his hospital expenses but not all and he will have years of physical therapy ahead of him. If you are able to donate to Brad’s R2R cause, please do so by donating here. If not, please share and keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. #6Strong

 

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16 Comments for : Brad “The Bullet” Baker
  1. Reply

    Get him to Craig Hospital in Denver. They have the most high end spinal cord rehab facility in the world. Will make a world of a difference with his outcome. Broke my neck last year and am walking again.

      • Lori
      • July 27, 2018
      Reply

      I am totally behind getting him to Colotado. Have great results for the three I know who went there.

    • Donnahall
    • July 26, 2018
    Reply

    Brad is a personal friend of mine and I’m sick about his injury!!! I’m in touch daily. Please donate what ever you can!!

  2. Reply

    Terrible. Never like to see fellow racers go down hard. Glad he did not become paralyzed and hopefully he can find his way back on the track some day. Recovery and strength is most important before attempting to race again. Even the best riders on the planet know when to stay on the side of the track and sit out a season if necessary. Can’t race if your body can’t keep up, losing a season is better than losing mobility.

    • steve mitchell
    • July 27, 2018
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    Hoping and Praying for a full Recovery. These Flat Trackers are some of the most Courageous Racers on the planet, in the Purest Form of American Racing. Best Wishes from some of your Race Fans in Michigan

    • Danny Cooley
    • July 27, 2018
    Reply

    I would like to think I know you pretty well:) The Christmas Eve you spent with our Family and went out to our famous Denny’s trip LOL. we are big spenders! I have watched you go through some tough things and I know if there is way you are a MAN of determination and will work your way to healing better and more powerful than ever! I also know we all want to help and will help you work through ANY Pain… I also know your love for racing! Brad you are one of my HEROS and I love you KID! The Cooley Family is Praying, and I Know you will over come this. Bullet Strong!!!! Thanks for what you do, and Cant wait to see what you show us through all of this:)

    • Lance Harris, Ph.D.
    • July 28, 2018
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    I want to heartily concur with the suggestion that you look at rehab in the Craig SCI hospital, Brad. I have worked for many years with spinal cord injuries and I know some of the staff at Craig. They are a truly outstanding, progressive, tough, effective bunch and were I to sustain a SCI it is sure as hell where I would go. Rehab in Seattle would be more convenient but it is the rest of your life you’re looking at and the best is more important than convenient. Stay tough, Brad. Hope to see you again someday soon.

    • Pat Hamley
    • July 28, 2018
    Reply

    Just a sympathetic friend of a friend who wishes you the best in your recovery. You have an amazing group of people praying and pulling for you and it sounds like you will do your share towards the recovery we all want. I have a friend who lost her son to Motorcross so I’m praying for your family too.

    • Lori Williams
    • July 29, 2018
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    Brad
    You are in my thoughts and prayers today.
    I am Henry Wiles’s aunt but follow your progress too
    and hope and pray that you heal quickly!!

  3. Reply

    Last year when I told the story of my little brother going thru Alzheimer’s. He was also downs syndrome and I cared for him in my home for 27 year’s.
    Brad extended his sympathy to me.
    I was impressed that a major star of the sport would see my post much less take time to write a letter of encouragement to me.
    I was already a fan of his but the unselfish love he shared was the cement that bound me to be a fan of the good man he is. I ask all believers to pray and help all you can for Brad and his family.
    My brother Scott Perdue RIP passed in April 2018 and I had 3 heart procedures and a stroke this year so it’s been tough on me. So when you pray for Brad day a little prayer for me. Thank you Jesus for your healing hands and love, Alan Perdue San Antonio, TX

  4. Reply

    Heard you had a getoff at the x-games did’t know it was this searious, Hang in there i know you will make a good recovery, love watching you on the dirt. Your in my thought’s and prayers.

    • Jason Mankoo
    • August 1, 2018
    Reply

    Keep your head and spirits up! I too was a racer for over 20 yrs. sustained a spinal cord injury on Birthday during a race. I spent 8 yrs in therapy and am fused from my T4 to T12. I am now walking with a brace and cane. Take the racer in you and walk again!! Doug Henry was a great inspiration for me!

    • The "Ice" King
    • August 6, 2018
    Reply

    To one of the most approachable, friendly and genuine riders in flat track racing…. I wish you all the best of luck with recovery and look forward to seeing you fully vertical and mobile again soon. The determination you show in racing will surely power you forward in your rehab.

    • SuperDave and Carl
    • August 8, 2018
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    The state of Washington has produced many great riders in dirt track but none has had the impact you and your brother have had You are truly the one of the nicest young men and youhave never let your abilities go to your head you will recvover because of your grit and Dogged determination to achieve your goals We the riders of the Pacific Northwest are proud to call you one of our best ever Godspeed Bradwe hoping for your complete recovery

    • Moro Heads Racing
    • August 12, 2018
    Reply

    Please get Brad to Craig hospital. They helped a good friend recover. I hope you have a full recovery

  5. Reply

    Craig hospital is the best by far Mike Utely from Washington state who was paralyzed in a NFL game playing for the Detroit Lions also agrees he formed the Mike Utely foundation “finding a cure for paralysis. his story is incredible and he is a great person

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