This story went up yesterday and was in today’s paper, but in case you missed it Cave Spring sophomore Zac Foutz was sent home from the hospital after 15 days of treatment for fungal meningitis.
Here it is:
Zac Foutz, the Cave Spring High School athlete who contracted fungal meningitis from a tainted steroid injection, was released Monday from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital following a 15-day stay.
The 16-year-old football and basketball player at Cave Spring had been hospitalized at Roanoke Memorial since Oct. 27 after he was taken to the emergency room at LewisGale Medical Center the previous day.
Zac received a steroid injection in mid-September at Roanoke’s Insight Imaging, whose supplier was the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass. The supply was later found to be tainted and has been tied to the deaths of 32 people in 19 states, including at least two in Virginia.
Zac’s father, Ben Foutz, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Nov. 1 that his son was the youngest patient in the United States to contract fungal meningitis from the tainted injections.
”We are so blessed to have him home,” Ben Foutz said in an email. “The pediatric doctors and staff, infectious disease doctors and pediatric neurologist at Carilion did a wonderful job with Zac. We love those folks.
”It was a long and painful 15 days for Zac, but he is getting better; still has a long road in front of him.”
Zac Foutz, a 6-foot-3-inch, 205-pound sophomore, played for Cave Spring in a football game Oct. 26 and intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown.
Cave Spring has a Region IV Division 3 playoff game Friday in Richlands, but Zac Foutz will not play for the remainder of the Knights’ season.
Cave Spring boys basketball coach Billy Hicks said he hopes Foutz can join the team this winter.
”We do not have a timeframe for his return to basketball,” Hicks said in an email. “We are hopeful that he will eventually be able to play this season.”