Former Canisius College basketball player Brian Dux has been stabilized enough to be discharged from an intensive care unit and will be flying to Western New York from England today with the help of an international medical transport service.
"I'm just thrilled that he's on the way," said his father, Mark Dux. "It's practically a miracle. Our family has been spectacular. Everybody in this community has been terrific. It was a team effort."
Dux, 26, has been recovering from life-threatening injuries suffered in a car accident Nov. 10 outside London while playing for the Guildford Heat of the British Basketball League. He suffered brain damage but has made steady progress and was moved to a medical floor for patients who require less care.
Dux will return to Buffalo through Air Compassion America, an air ambulance company based in Virginia Beach, Va. The nonprofit group had an empty plane after taking a woman from the United States to England for medical reasons this week. Dux will take the return flight home at a discounted rate of $31,000, which covers airfare and medical expenses.
Dux's family made arrangements to pay for the transport service Thursday. Dux's mother, Lynda, has been in England with her son since the weekend of the accident.
Richard Mollard, the Guildford Heat's basketball development officer, told the BBC earlier this week that Dux, who was named the league's Most Valuable Player last season, was aware of what's happening around him. Dux previously spent most of his time in a state of unconsciousness or semiconsciousness.
Dux still faces a long recovery when he returns. Doctors diagnosed him with a defuse-axonal injury, which is caused by radical deceleration and leaves 90 percent of its victims in a persistent coma. However, there also have been cases in which patients made significant progress after experiencing such trauma.
Dux's prognosis remained uncertain Thursday.