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Ex-Canisius basketball star Brian Dux injured in car crash in England

Orchard Park grad is still in a coma

By Harold McNeil NEWS STAFF REPORTER
Updated: 11/13/07 7:53 AM

Brian Dux, a former Orchard Park High School and Canisius College basketball star, was critically injured Saturday in a car accident near Guilford, England.

Brian’s father, Mark, said Monday night that police found the 26-year-old unconscious in his car near Guilford, about 45 minutes outside of London, and he was taken to Frimley Park Hospital, where he remained in a state of unconsciousness late Monday.

“His brain scans look pretty good. He has been in an induced coma on top of his already unconscious state to further protect him,” said Mark Dux.

“They tried to take him [out of the coma] Sunday, but he didn’t come out of it. [Doctors] decided they were going to do more testing,” Mark Dux added.

Brian’s mother, Lynda, flew to England Saturday to be with her son, and Brian’s brother, Aaron, is planning to leave for England on Wednesday, Mark Dux said.

Brian Dux has, for the past three years, been a key player for the Guildford Heat of the British Basketball League.

Dux, who has hair to his shoulders, has become a local icon, according to a story in The Buffalo News last June.

In the fall of 2004, Dux quit playing pro basketball in the Netherlands and took a job as an elementary school teacher and coach in Orchard Park, where he went to high school.

Dux eventually decided to return to pro basketball, made the Guilford Heat team and became a star.

Last season, his second with the team, Dux, a guard, led Guildford to the regular-season championship of the British Basketball League and was named league MVP.

Mark Dux said that while his son was heavily sedated, he was showing some signs of movement, which could mean that he may come out of his coma.

“At least, we hope that’s what that means,” said Mark Dux. “They had to tape his arms down because he was trying to remove the catheter.”

Mark Dux said it was too early to know his son’s prognosis.

“We know, at least, that he probably suffered a severe concussion and there still could be brain damage from the shock, but there are a lot of unknowns yet. But it’s way better to see nothing major on the scans, especially the second time around,” Mark Dux said.

Brian’s father said the basketball star may have suffered a broken collarbone and “s ome bruising in his shoulder area.”

“But he’s not really disfigured in any way. It sounds like he took a really bad blow to the head,” said Mark Dux.

hmcneil@buffnews.com


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