Tuesday morning update: Wil Galloway, spokesman for the Jay Kimbrough family, says the former Bee County Judge remains unconscious since his motorcycle crash Friday night, but is improving. He was undergoing a minor surgical procedure Tuesday morning. While still officially listed as being in critical condition, Kimbrough is improving daily, Galloway says.
Monday update: Wil Galloway, spokesman for the family, says Jay Kimbrough looks good after surgery for damage to his vertebra this afternoon.
Jay Kimbrough, former Bee County judge and longtime political adviser to Gov. Rick Perry and the point man for state agency crises through two Republican administrations, remains in serious condition following a Friday motorcycle wreck, his family said Sunday.
According to the Texas Tribune, his status has improved considerably in the last 24 hours, and doctors in Bryan are optimistic they’ll be able to get him into surgery today (Monday) to try to repair cracked vertebrae in his neck, family friend Wil Galloway said.
“Things are looking better,” Galloway told the newspaper. “He has a long way to go, but he is a fighter, and the battle in these situations is being able to fight.”
Galloway said Kimbrough, who has not regained consciousness yet, is not paralyzed — “he’s moving his arms and legs considerably.”
He said there is no indication yet that Kimbrough, an experienced rider, has suffered brain damage, though doctors have not yet been able to determine the extent of his injuries, according to the Tribune.
The cause of the wreck isn’t yet known.
The family, Galloway said, offered their thanks for the support offered.
His family is “doing very well; they’re very strong,” Galloway said. “They want to thank everyone for the outpouring of care and prayers and love that they’ve received from all over. There has not been a shortage of that.”
Kimbrough began his career in Bee County where he worked his way from the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps to assistant county attorney, county attorney and county judge and made an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 1992.
Since then, he has held a multitude of positions, including currently serving as a state adviser on veterans affairs.