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Fund established for severely injured Mount Marathon runner

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published July 9, 2012

Updates on the state of seriously injured Seward Mount Marathon runner Matt Kenney are now available via the social network Facebook.

A fund has been set up to help him and his family. The 41-year-old father of two is in grave condition.

"(Sunday) morning, the swelling had lessoned enough that they were able to clamp the valve shut for a period of time, and with the draining stopped, they were able to see how quickly the ICP (intercranial pressure) levels rose," his family posted.

"This is significant in that when he can maintain the closure, they can again take him off the meds and try to guage the functioning of his brain. The nurses told us that in these types of cases, the swelling is at its worst on day 3, and so we are now in day 4 and can hope for the swelling to reduce to that point where they can take the next step.

"I want to be very clear here; we are dealing with a severe head injury with indication towards brain trauma. The extent of that trauma has yet to be uncovered, but as with any head injury it is always a very serious situation."

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