TJ Lavin Gets Good News After Accident
Lavin is in a medically induced coma, and it's believed the breathing tube that is assisting him is the source of the pneumonia.
"Everything is good there," Chas Aday, Lavin's friend and business manager, told PEOPLE. "Doctors are not expecting any [brain damage], but we're just not going to know until he wakes up if there is any loss or how bad it is going to be."
"He's responding well," Aday said. "He's squeezing our hands, so he's responding appropriately. ... He is coherent, but not fully awake. He's following simple commands."
Once Lavin's breathing and feeding tubes are removed, Lavin is expected to begin to emerge from the coma and open his eyes. Doctors hope to remove the tubes this weekend and will reevaluate his condition at that time, but at that point it could just be a matter of days.
Anthony Napolitan, Lavin's friend and fellow BMXer, echoed the optimism: "He'll pull through, for sure, and I guarantee you he'll be back riding on the bike again."