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A Critical Step for Recovery - Thursday Morning - 7am

First of all...Kirsten, Lindsey and Mike would like to thank everyone's heartfelt display of love and affection to our family.  All your prayers, messages, photos, flowers and positive thoughts are helping Aaron survive

UCSD medical staff has been wonderful, with both their science and love in treating Aaron.   The strain of Meningococcal disease that Aaron contracted was uniquely devastating.  It spread rapidly through his bloodstream and severely affected his organs, tissues and vascular system.  Had his suite mates not gotten Aaron to the ER, or had the doctors not treated him as quickly/aggressively as they did, the outcome would have certainly been fatal.


Antibiotics have since eradicated the Neisseria meningitidis bacteria, however Aaron's body is valiantly fighting to recover from the destructive effects of the toxins, severe sepsis (blood infection) and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC).   We learned early on that this strain of meningitis caused Aaron's vascular system to both clot and bleed uncontrollably.   Paradoxically, while some tissues were hemorrhaging, clots were being formed in other blood vessels, cutting off critical blood supply. Without blood supply, organs and tissue cannot survive.   Aaron's doctors heroically used various medications, surgeries and procedures to restore vascular flow to his arms and legs.  Unfortunately the clotting in his feet was too severe and inaccessible (micro capillaries).  Tragically the tissue, muscle and nerves in his feet became irreversibly necrotic.   Yesterday Aaron's feet were amputated to save his lower legs and to reduce the risk of further infection.

While we all wish Aaron a swift and directly forward recovery, the course of healing sometimes requires unfortunate steps backward.   Yesterday's procedure was non-elective.  It was essential to his survival and functional recovery.   Aaron can currently breathe on his own, however remains on ventilator for the next week to enable doctors to better manage his sedation and pain medications.   His kidneys have recovered fully, his blood chemistry is returning to normal, and his neurological responses are awakening.   Aaron faces a series of surgeries over the coming weeks to close fasciotomies, repair tissue/skin njuries, and complete the amputations.

While the journey ahead will be challenging, Aaron's team of doctors, specialists and nurses advise that Aaron youth, fitness, personality and fighting spirit are invaluable assets in his fight to conquer this nasty disease.

Please continue to your prayers and best wishes for Aaron.  

Mike & Kirsten

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chris collins
By The MacDonald Family
Dear Loy Family,
Aaron and your family have been added to our prayer circle. We send you our love, healing prayers, and positive thoughts for your precious son.

Christina Collins, Hannah Collins-MacDonald and Family
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Alice Young
By Uncle Roger, Aunt Alice, Cousins Keith and Kathy
Kirsten, Mike, Lindsay and Aaron from your relatives in South Carolina....our prayers to Aaron and hoping for a speedy recovery.
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Tina Murphy
By Tina Murphy
My son, Matt is one of the coaches at LCC. I was lucky enough to meet Aaron last year when the team came to Philly. I just wanted to send my good thoughts and prayers to all of you. Stay strong!
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Carolyn Foltyn
By Carolyn and Sarah
Thank Heaven that Aaron is still here with us. But, we were so very saddened to read the update yesterday morning. We pray that God will sustain Aaron (and your entire family) as you face this hurdle and those that are sure to come. We are encouraged by the doctors' positive comments re his youth, attitude, and determination, which will surely sustain all of you in the weeks, months, and years ahead and are confident that he will overcome this devastating change of events. While neither his life's journey, nor yours, will be quite what you expected, I believe that he will become an inspiration to all who will travel this road with him.

You remain in our thoughts and prayers and, as always, we extend to you our desire to assist your family in whatever ways we can.
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Beth Rappolt
We pray for constant strength and courage for Aaron and your family as he continues his battle to heal from this devastating disease. We also thank God for fast thinking friends and for dedicated doctors and nurses who are and will be there for Aaron over these next days and months. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Beth and Tom Rappolt
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Jessica O'Neill
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Peter and I are praying for all of you and especially Aaron. May god be with you and give you strength every day. We are sending love and support from your family in New England. Love Jessica, Peter, Elizabeth and Julia O’Neill <3
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Laura True
By Jeff, Laura, Grace, Camille and Gavin True
We are so sad to hear about Aaron and can't imagine how difficult this must be. We will be praying for healing for Aaron and strength for you as you wait...
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Raul Romero
By Raul, Lori, Lauren and Nick Romero
Dear Loy family, we are praying for your family and wonderful son.
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Sandra Bloom
By Sandy Bloom
Heart broken about the news. Prayers for all of you. I can't imagine the grief and pain you are feeling. I am sending the most positive wishes to Aaron and hope for a speedy recovery.
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Eva Bruning
By Eva Bruning
Dear Loy Family, As I write this I think of your family and my family growing up next door to each other. I feel like Aaroon and Lindsey are part of our family. May God hold all of you in his arms. We are praying almost day and night for Aaron to recover from this ugly disease. And also for the family as well.
With much love for you. Chet and Eva--Gramie and Papa Bruning
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