Dylan Kade Remains Hospitalized With Unknown Illness

July 10, 2020 by
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Former teen CrossFit Games athlete Dylan Kade remains hospitalized at C.S. Motts Children’s Hospital in the hospital’s intensive care unit as doctors search for answers and treatments for the 19-year old. What was thought to be a severe and rare case of bacterial meningitis is now thought to be Encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, causing severe confusion, hallucinations, seizures, weakness, and loss of sensation.

Update: Since being admitted, Kade has had numerous spinal taps and has been placed in a medically induced coma in hopes of a decrease of swelling in his brain. He is suffering from seizures and this past Sunday had a breathing tube installed. Doctors and specialists still do not know what has caused the illness that has incapacitated the 2018 “3rd Fittest 16-17 Year-old on Earth.” On July 2 a meeting was held where Kade’s case was discussed by the top infectious disease doctors around the world.

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A couple days ago, Dylan had his 5th or 6th spinal tap and the doctors finally were able to get a positive sample. They are thinking it could either be viral or autoimmune encephalitis. Along with that information, they started Dylan on a two day treatment for autoimmune encephalitis, today being his last day of treatment. He is still heavily sedated, but ended up waking up once yesterday communicating to the doctors and nurses that his head wasn't hurting as much. Dylan started to get a little agitated, so they sedated him again to make sure he didn’t take out his feeding and breathing tube. He went in for another spinal MRI last night because his responses to the doctor's commands to wiggle his toes and bend his legs were a bit passive. He fortunately does end up responding if they use a pin, or tug on his hair a bit. We should get the results back today, which I will share on my story. He’s had seizure probes hooked to his head for four days, and since then I believe he hasn't had any more seizures. I also have not seen/ heard from Mary Kay about those results, so i'm not 100% sure of my statement. The good news is that the doctors have high hopes that he’ll be able to recover, but will have to hold off on driving for the next six months because of the couple seizures that he's had. Everything is still up in the air including when he’ll be able to transfer out of the ICU, and into a regular room. I can’t thank all of you enough for the endless love, support, and concern you all have for Dylan. If you live in the area, a family friend of the Kade’s created a pizza night fundraiser to help support Dylan and his family on Thursday, July 9th, 6-9pm at the C-pub in Lake Orion if anyone would like to join!

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How to help: With Kade’s father suffering from Alzheimer’s and his mother the sole source of income for the family, friends of the Kade family have started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the expensive treatment and recovery. To date, the page has raised over $70,000 with a goal of $200,000.

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