CHEYENNE, Wyo. – 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.
The family is also appreciative of a GoFundMe fundraiser that had already raised over $8,000 in less than an hour.
The GoFundMe page was arranged by Gage Gay’s girlfriend, Peyton Rose Martin, and it had already been shared on social media by multiple PBR riders such as 2016 World Champion Cooper Davis and personnel such as reigning PBR Stock Contractor of the Year Chad Berger.
“We have been overwhelmed with the amount of messages and texts we have received,” Brittany said. “We can’t even get back to everyone.”
Chase will remain at the hospital for likely a week. There is hope that Outlaw will potentially make a return to competition in 2 to 3 months.
The 26-year-old had recently returned to competition on June 8 after missing six months recovering from his third reconstructive shoulder surgery since 2015 after he was injured on his final ride at the 2017 PBR World Finals – a 90.5-point ride on Indian Medicine.
Outlaw, who finished 2017 a career-best sixth in the world standings, had begun to heat up in the arena as well recently. He had arrived in Cheyenne with a five consecutive rides streak and had two-runner up finishes and a third-place showing in his last three events.