Burke died on January 19, approximately 10 days after her accident occurred. She remained in the hospital in a coma the entire time. Burke had been wearing a helmet when she was injured, but suffered a tear to a vertebral artery, which caused hemorrhaging in her brain. She went into cardiac arrest immediately following the accident. Despite surgeries to repair the tear, Burke died in the hospital. Her family, in addition to its grief, is left with approximately $200,000 in medical bills (update: donations have reportedly covered the cost of Burke's medical care).
Meanwhile, an 18-year-old student in Massachusetts has died after an accident that occurred during his first team practice. The student, Jack Street, was an experienced skier at the time of the accident. The Telegram (01/06/12) reports Street suffered a seizure while on the chairlift and fell 30 feet, landing facedown on the ground. An investigation by the Department of Public Safety was conducted after the accident, but no defects on the chair were found.
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An investigation has reportedly been launched into the paramedics' handling of the incident.