Canadian Pairs Skater Jessica Dube To Be Discharged From Hospital This Afternoon
|Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison in the Four Continents free skate|
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(2/9/07) - Canadian pairs skater Jessica Dubé will be discharged from Memorial Hospital this afternoon and is recovering well from her surgery Thursday night. She suffered a face laceration during the pairs free skate Thursday afternoon at the 2007 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., after an accident with partner Bryce Davison. Davison's blade sliced Dubé's left cheek and the left portion of her nose during side-by-side flying camel spins.
“We both realize the risks involved in pairs skating” Davison said. “Jess is handling it extremely well. She is tough and calm. We are both looking forward to getting home and back on the ice, and it is our hope to finish our season at the World Championships in Tokyo. We would like to thank our family, friends and fans for their support. The support from the Canadian Team on site has been awesome. We also send our thanks to the medical staff at the hospital and, in particular, Dr. Jane Moran.”
Dubé, 19, of Drummondville, Quebec, was transported via ambulance to Memorial Hospital Thursday afternoon. She was seen by a maxiofacial trauma surgeon and underwent surgery for exploration of the wound and repair.
“The surgery went very well,” ISU medical advisor Dr. Moran said. “Jessica is doing great.”
Dubé and Davison, 21 of Cambridge, Ontario, have decided to remain in Colorado Springs until the end of the event. They hope to attend the men's free skate Friday evening to cheer on their Canadian teammates. Dubé and Davison won the pairs title at the Canadian National Championships in mid-January.