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CRAWFORD | Kuric update: Some encouraging signs, but still critical

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Shirts worn by players in Spain's top professional league this weekend. (Photo courtesy of the Spanish publication Marca). Shirts worn by players in Spain's top professional league this weekend. (Photo courtesy of the Spanish publication Marca).
Kyle Kuric's team from Spain shows support after a victory Saturday. (Photo via Herbalife Gran Canaria Twitter account) Kyle Kuric's team from Spain shows support after a victory Saturday. (Photo via Herbalife Gran Canaria Twitter account)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A message from Katie Kuric, the sister of former University of Louisville basketball player Kyle Kuric, said that initial results from a surgical procedure to alleviate post-op swelling around his brain were encouraging.

Kuric underwent surgery last Thursday after being diagnosed with with meningioma, a tumor or series of tumors surrounding the membranous layers around the central nervous system, earlier in the week.

Kyle's father, Steve Kuric, updated his son's condition in a note to U of L sports information director Kenny Klein this afternoon, saying that after two visits Sunday Kyle's surgeon is "more optimistic." Kuric remains in intensive care and on a ventilator.

"We are grateful for the care that Kyle has received at the hospital," he said. "We have more faith that Kyle will get better. We are humbled by all of the overwhelming support and love for Kyle. Please continue praying for him. Thank you all so very much."

In a message shared by the U of L Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization on social media Saturday, Katie Kuric, a former soccer player for U of L, said that after a second surgical procedure, to remove a section of bone, his swelling decreased significantly and his vital signs improved.

According to his sister, Kuric remained in a medically induced coma while he recovers from the operation. 

Kuric’s basketball team, Herbalife Gran Canaria, Tweeted a message in support of him after a victory on Saturday. Holding up Kuric’s No. 24 jersey for a team photo, the message read, “This victory is yours, Kyle. Today you helped us to get 88 points. #WeAreWithYou”

Players throughout Spain's top professional league wore yellow shirts with the slogan, "Animo Kyle!" (Courage Kyle) in this weekend's games.

Katie Kuric asked the FCA for continued prayers.

“The next couple of days are critical,” her message said. “He’s OK for now, the doctor is more positive than (Saturday) morning. God’s work and miracle in this today is incredible.”

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