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The family of a UC Santa Barbara lacrosse player whose feet had to be amputated after he came down with meningitis last month says that they have been overwhelmed by the public’s support.


Aaron Loy is one of four meningitis cases confirmed at UC Santa Barbara last month. (Credit: CNN)

Aaron Loy is one of four student meningitis cases confirmed on campus last month. Two other men and one woman have since returned to class or are recovering. Loy’s infection, however, has been marked by bouts of kidney failure, blood poisoning, tissue wounds, and, eventually, amputation.

His parents, Mike and Kristen, track their son’s daily progress on the Caring Bridge website. Both thanked Loy’s friends, who rushed their son to the emergency room after noticing signs of the disease earlier in November. “With his intubation tube out, his speech, strength and awareness improve incrementally each day,” Loy’s family wrote in a Tuesday post. “These ‘baby steps’ are actually ‘HUGE STEPS’ recognizing the severity of where he was.”

The president of UC Santa Barbara’s men’s lacrosse team referred inquiries on Loy’s condition to the university’s director of media relations, George Foulsham. Foulsham declined to comment on any of the four infected students due to medical privacy concerns.

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