A 22-year-old recovers after a skiing accident leaves him in a coma

A 22-year-old recovers after a skiing accident leaves him in a coma

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – The 22-year-old son of the owner of a popular Lowcountry BBQ restaurant is recovering from a skiing accident that left him with a fractured skull and a medically induced coma.

Asher DiBernardo, son of Swig and Swine owner Anthony DiBernardo, was skating in Columbia late at night on Dec. 2 when tragedy struck.

Asher was skiing down the hill when he didn’t come back up. His friends went to look for Asher where they found him unresponsive and immediately called 911.

Upon arriving at Prisma Regional Hospital in Columbia, Asher underwent life-saving surgery in which doctors removed the right side of his skull to help relieve swelling.

“Most of the damage was on the right side of the brain, but with that swelling in the first couple of days, we had some movement on the right side. As the week went on, the swelling increased as well,” Anthony says. “Obviously we’re learning a lot about this as we go forward.” “But for someone his age, the swelling peaks between five and seven days.”

The swelling reached its peak on his 22nd birthday on December 10, with doctors likely having to remove the left side of Asher’s skull as well. But fortunately, the swelling subsided.

“We put a lot of our trust in the doctors from the beginning and trusted what they told us. We just let them do their job,” Anthony says. “I mean, I break the pigs apart, and they put the people back together.”

Asher was slowly weaned from the coma in the second week of December, and things took a positive turn at Christmas when he became more responsive, wagging his toes and sticking out his tongue.

“It’s almost like a switch. The swelling is starting to go down, the lights are starting to come back on and things are starting to work again,” says Anthony. “The progress now is amazing to see how quickly things are coming back.”

Last week, doctors inserted a permanent bleeding device into his brain, which he will have for the rest of his life. Asher now works with physical therapy to sit, move his legs, and lift his head.

“His mother sent me a video today of him sitting in a chair, almost sitting up. One of the nurses waved to him, and he raised his arm to wave back,” Anthony adds. “It’s amazing to see the care team, how they treated him, that’s who he is.”

“He was always the life of the party, the light of the room, and just an overall great kid,” he says. “Asher would always look you in the eye, shake your hand, was always the first to extend his hand and was always a good friend to a lot of people.”

A Facebook group called “Keep Drumming for Asher” has more than 2,000 followers where friends, family and loved ones receive updates and send positive messages to Asher and his family.

“I can’t even begin to describe the thousands and thousands of people who reached out to us over the course of this event, who were just praying and thinking about us,” Anthony says. “We’ll take whatever we can get from the community, from our friends, it’s been pretty amazing.”

“Not only did they help him, they helped us,” Anthony says.

A healing prayer will be held on Thursday at 6:00pm at West Ashley Park for anyone to come and show encouragement for Asher’s recovery.

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