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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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Leah Wagner
By Stewart, Leah, Nate, and Jack River
We have been following Aaron's progress here and with updates from Colleen. We are devastated to learn how sick Aaron has been and what he, and your whole family, have been going through. Sending you all of our best from Panama.
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Tracy Moran
By The Morans
Dear Kirsten and Mike,
Your beloved son has the heart of a warrior. We continue to join our prayers with those of countless others, surrounding you with love.
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Ann Fowler
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Mike and Kirsten, none of us are ever prepared for something like this and all of our wounded hearts are marching in step with you as fellow parents who adore their children and would gladly change places with them in a minute to spare them any pain. He will get through this with all the love and prayers coming his way. We are so very sorry this happened to him. Love, Ann, Scott, Dan Losey and Jack Losey
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Julie Overholt
By The Overholts
Our prayers have been with Aaron and his family through this tough battle. We will continue to pray for the healing of Aaron's body. Please hug Aaron for us.
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Allie spaulding
By Allie Kay Spaulding, Dave's mother
Hang in there. Just hang in there. My prayers continue. Allie Kay
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colleen fee
By Colleen, Jim, Jack, Jonah and Victor
The events of the past week are hard to fathom, but we know that in time Aaron will thrive. Looking forward, it's easy to imagine Aaron using his many talents and gifts, made stronger by the knowledge that he is ultimately very, very lucky, and very, very loved.
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Mary Puckett
By Mary Puckett
Dear Kirsten and family,
My prayers are with you.
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Stuart Grauer
It is heartrending and also heartening to read all this community is going through as we turn the corner of this tragedy and aim towards the healing process. Sending love and strength to Aaron, family, and to all of us.
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colette slezak
By Colette Slezak
The right words are hard to find...but we are and will continue praying for you and your family....
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