LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Former University of Louisville basketball standout Kyle Kuric took a step forward Tuesday in recovering from brain surgery last week.

His father reported in a Facebook post that Kuric is off the ventilator and breathing on his own for the first time since surgery last Thursday.

“Today we have seen further progress with Kyle,” Steve Kuric wrote. “The sedation has been discontinued and he is responding more to us. He is off the ventilator and breathing well on his own. He is still in the ICU and will remain there for a few more days. We know that he has has a way to go yet, but we are encouraged by the improvement.”

Kuric was diagnosed with meningioma, a tumor or series of tumors surrounding the membranous layers around the central nervous system, after complaining of a migraine last week. He underwent surgery, then encountered swelling of the brain, which prompted another surgery to cut away a small section of his skull to alleviate the swelling. He had been sedated and on a ventilator since the surgery.

The crowd at the KFC Yum! Center for Monday night’s exhibition against Kentucky Wesleyan stood and cheered for nearly two minutes when asked to express support for Kuric. His pro league in Spain printed T-shirts which read “Courage Kyle.”

“We are very grateful for all your thoughts and prayers for Kyle,” Steve Kuric wrote. “Thank you.”

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