Jessy Davis, a professional bareback rider from Power, is recovering from a major injury he suffered Feb. 1 at a World Champions Rodeo Alliance Rodeo in Salt Lake City, Utah.
About seven seconds into his bareback ride, Davis was bucked off the horse. The horse fell to the arena floor and landed on top of him, according to his wife Cassidy Jo (Brunner) Davis. The horse crushed Davis’ liver and caused him to bleed internally, his wife reported on her Facebook page on Feb. 4.
Davis was rushed to the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, where he underwent major liver surgery and was placed in a medically induced coma. According to Cassidy, he lost five times his amount of blood — over 21 liters were used to save his life. Following the surgery, Cassidy reported on Facebook that 55% of Jessy’s liver was split in two. The surgeons cut that portion out and saved 45% of it. Now, they are trying to get the remaining liver to take over and do its job.
Cassidy’s sister, Bailey (Brunner) Wilson reported Sunday that Jessy was out of the induced coma and ICU and is on the trauma floor at the hospital.
“The doctors are very pleased with how he is recovering, there are a few minor problems associated with the liver surgery, but they are fixable,” Wilson said. “They say it is amazing that he survived from his injuries, the doctors are astounded.”
“Our team of surgeons, doctors and nurses have been nothing but amazing,” Cassidy said. “One of the best liver transplant doctors in the world just ‘happened’ to be at the hospital Saturday night and helped the four other surgeons with the surgery. The “valley” was out of blood, so more blood had to be police escorted at a fast rate to IMC for them to complete the procedure. Talk about everything lining out perfectly,” Cassidy said.
On Sunday, Wilson said the doctors hadn’t indicated how long Davis will be in the hospital, just that they are pleased with how he is recovering.
Davis has been competing in rodeo for 20 years, and his wife, a graduate of Fairfield High School, works on her dad, Tim Brunner’s ranch on the bench near Power. “Thank you to everyone who has offered to help dad on the ranch,” Wilson said. “He is looking forward to Jessy’s recovery and for his helpers to be back on the ranch with him.”
A benefit account for the Davis family has been established at First Bank of Montana. Anyone wanting to donate can contact the banks at Choteau, Fairfield or Vaughn.
“There truly is something to be said for small town businesses and the way they are willing to help and take care of the people in their communities,” Wilson said.
If people would like to send care packages or well wishes, they can send them to: Intermountain Medical Center, Emergency Department, Trauma Room #1128, 5121 S. Cottonwood St., Murray, UT 84107. Wilson said those wishing to can also Venmo Cassidy at Cassidy-Brunner for coffee, lunch, etc. For those wishing to make a donation through a Venmo account, that account is under Jessy-DavisBenefit.
Through Wilson, Jessy, Cassidy and their twin daughters, Cru and Quincee, say thank you to everyone who has called, texted or shared Jessy’s story. “Everyone’s support is so incredible, and Jessy and Cassidy would never expect anything more than continued love and prayer,” Wilson said. “Jessy and Cassidy and the twins can definitely feel all of the love and the rest of the family can too.”
The couple’s daughters, who were with their mom sitting in the front row of the arena when their dad was hurt, have been staying with Jessy’s family who lives in Spanish Fork, Utah.
Davis has indicated he plans to retire from rodeoing this year.