Connect CEO Remains Critical, Family Expects a Prolonged Recovery

7/24/13Follow @bvbigelow

Connect CEO Duane Roth remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at UC San Diego Medical Center following a biking accident Sunday morning, according to a statement his wife Renee released yesterday through a hospital spokeswoman.

“Many thanks to all of you for your kind notes and wishes for Duane as he recovers,” the statement says. “His condition is currently listed as critical. Duane is in the great hands of the university’s doctors and nurses and we are very happy with the outstanding care he is receiving. We do ask that our privacy be respected as Duane heals. We will be in touch to share more.”

Roth’s brother Ted Roth, president of Roth Capital Partners in Newport Beach, CA, told U-T San Diego yesterday that his brother is expected to make a slow recovery from the accident. Ted Roth said the doctors sounded somewhat optimistic, according to the online report.

Duane Roth was on a 57-mile training ride with the Challenged Athletes Foundation, a San Diego nonprofit that supports competitive activities for athletes with physical disabilities, when he apparently lost control and slammed into a rocky embankment or outcropping. He bicycle helmet broke in the impact, and Roth was rushed by helicopter to the university hospital, where he underwent surgery Sunday afternoon to relieve pressure on his brain.

“It was a head injury,” Ted Roth told Brad Fikes of U-T San Diego. “They’re not going to promise anything. We’re prepared that it will be a recovery over weeks and not days.”

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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