Surfer, 11, in a coma after catastrophic snowboard injury

An 11-year-old promising surfer is fighting for his life in hospital after suffering a catastrophic snowboarding injury when he plunged head first off a 35-foot jump.  

Brayden Belden is currently in a medically induced coma after injuring himself while snowboarding with his family at Mt Bachelor in Oregon on February 20. 

The fifth-grader from Laguna Beach in California had gone off a 35-foot jump but caught an edge and smashed into the snow head-first.

Brayden Belden, an 11-year-old promising surfer, is currently in a medically induced coma after injuring himself while snowboarding at Mt Bachelor in Oregon on February 20

Brayden Belden, an 11-year-old promising surfer, is currently in a medically induced coma after injuring himself while snowboarding at Mt Bachelor in Oregon on February 20

Brayden was airlifted to the nearby city of Bend where doctors told his distraught parents that he might just have just hours to live.

Doctors managed to stabilize him so he could survive the flight to Randall Children's Hospital in Portland.

More than a week on, Brayden remains in a medically induced coma in the ICU and is continuing his fight. 

His father Matt said on a GoFundMe page that Brayden's brain swelling appears to have 'topped out' and that he is tolerating his medication. 

He added that he was following the treatment plan and is

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