Football player back in ICU

The Wildomar Cornerstone Christian School varsity quarterback who suffered a brain injury during an Avalon game was back in the intensive care unit as of Tuesday, Oct. 9, according to a blog maintained by friends of the family.

Seventeen-year-old Dax Ryan McGregor returned to the ICU because of blood clots in his left arm, according to Sheri Zastoke’s post at giveforward.com.

 

The Wildomar Cornerstone Christian School varsity quarterback who suffered a brain injury during an Avalon game was back in the intensive care unit as of Tuesday, Oct. 9, according to a blog maintained by friends of the family.

Seventeen-year-old Dax Ryan McGregor returned to the ICU because of blood clots in his left arm, according to Sheri Zastoke’s post at giveforward.com.

 

“The doctors have started him on blood thinning medications which have certain risks. This is a reminder the we definitely need to keep supporting this family because, it seems there are gong to be many highs and lows and Dax has a very, very long road ahead,” Zastoke wrote.

 

Shannon McGregor, Dax’s mother, posted an update on his condition on Sunday, Oct. 14. The report, however, was dated Friday, Oct. 12. “As of now, he is still in ICU. However, I can see he is improving after all of the other issues he has had with the brain and the lungs—on to of all that, he aquired a very long blood clot that reaches from the top of his left side of his neck, down to the lower part of his left arm. Once the ultrasound detected that (as his left arm was in great pain and swollen, so me and his dad were pushing to get it checked out for three days) there was this blood clot, he was immediately returned to icu and started receiving an iv of heprin, which is a blood thinner that prevents future blood clots,” she wrote.

 

According to Shannon McGregor, the blood thinner posses an additional risk because of his recent brain injury and the blood clot may have to thin on its own. “To me, he seems to be doing better. Today, he used his left arm to remove the leg pressure wraps (they annoy him greatly, but are so necessary), and yesterday, he couldn’t even move or use that arm,” she wrote.

 

She said her son’s three pneumonias appear to be almost gone.

 

“His brain surgery went well as we all know,” Shannon McGregor wrote. “However, his CT scan shows some brain damage on the left and right sides. I can tell all of you that Ryan still has his personality, can read and write, remember and learn. he can eat some foods, speak in small sentences, and remember all that visit him.”

 

“His eyes and motor skills are not quite there yet. but as long as there are no more setbacks, he’s going to do nothing but improve and get better,” Shannon McGregor wrote.

 

She said the plan is for him to go into rehab and learn to be himself again. She said her son’s dream is to go home.

Dax McGregor’s setback came two days after his initial release from the ICU.

McGregor apparently suffered a brain injury during the Avalon homecoming game in late September. One witness said he was sacked three or four times before he complained about not feeling well.

McGregor was evacuated to the mainland for treatment.

Giveforward.com has been raising money for the McGregor family. So far, as of Sunday, Oct. 14, the web drive has raised $19,822 of its $25,000 goal.

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