Video: Spain basketball pros show support for Kyle Kuric

Good news from Barcelona with Kyle Kuric’s father reporting on Facebook that his son is off the ventilator and is responding to communications, according to a post by Eric Crawford.

“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.”

Over the weekend, teams in the Endesa League, a professional league in Spain, wore special warmup shirts in support of Kuric:

Kyle’s mom says operation went well

Judi Kuric, the mother of Kyle Kuric and a nurse practitioner, reported at 5:15 p.m. on Facebook that things went well during the operation:

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Taraneh Momeni Kuric, his wife, also provided an update, saying: “Thank you guys so much for your prayers!!! As of now surgery went well! Of course it’s really soon as they will be monitoring him very closely the next few days and we should have more definitive results within 4-5 days. We are waiting to see him now! Please continue those good vibes and prayers!”

Taraneh had posted a pre-operation message on Facebook Thursday morning prior to the brain surgery, thanking friends and family for all the support being sent their way:

Screenshot 2015-11-05 16.39.44“Thank you to everyone for all of the support. I’m sorry I haven’t been able to respond… we’ve just been really numb and trying to digest what has hit us. Reading all your messages means more than you guys could imagine. Kyle was taken back to be prepped for surgery about 30 mins ago. They estimate the surgery to take 4-6 hours. Please pray and send positive energy for my love, for the surgical team, and for my family so that we all get through this.

The message also included a photo of Kyle with Taraneh and the twins prior to the operation at a health care facility in Barcelona, Spain.

Kyle and Taraneh during their courtship at UofL, attending a soccer game in which Kyle's sister Katie was playing.
Kyle and Taraneh during their courtship at UofL, attending a soccer game in which Kyle’s sister Katie was playing.

Anyone who wants to send cards or notes of support can send them to this address and they will be forwarded to Kuric:

Kyle Kuric
c/o Dr. Kuric
4001 Kresge Way  Suite 238
Louisville, KY 40207

Prayers for Kyle and the family.


Kyle Kuric living large in Spain

Kyle Kuric is playing professional basketball in Madrid these days, already learning the language well enough to answer fans’ questions in Spanish (or reading a teleprompter?) He married his college sweetheart Taraneh Momeni, shortly after popping the question during graduation ceremonies at the University of Louisville last spring.

Kyle Kuric on bended knee

Moments before his girlfriend Taraneh Momeni was to cross the stage to receive her sheepskin from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Kyle Kuric tweeted that he had a surprise in store for her.

Stepping onto the stage, Kuric declared:

“Sorry to interrupt, but me and her have been dating for about 2 1/2 years, and I love her more than anything, and definitely want to be with her for the rest of my life. I love her very much,” he said.

She said yes, of course.