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Update on Marko Cheseto

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 11/21/2011
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2 p.m., Nov. 21

Update on Marko Cheseto:

As a result of his recent episode, UAA student-athlete Marko Cheseto experienced severe frostbite of his hands and feet. While his hands are expected to make a full recovery, damage to his lower extremities was so severe that it required amputation above the ankle on both legs. He is expected to remain in the hospital for some time as he continues his recovery and rehabilitation.

Marko Cheseto comments

"First of all I would like to thank the University, the city of Anchorage and all of the volunteers that searched for me during my troubled times. As some may know, I've been going through a lot of personal issues. While I am still recovering - both physically and emotionally - I will do my very best to give back to the community that has helped me so much and to my home country, Kenya. I sincerely apologize for any problems that I may have caused."

Comments from Dr. Steve Cobb, UAA director of athletics:

"We take our responsibility and commitment to the student-athletes entrusted to our care very seriously. We have been very supportive of Marko and will continue to support him during this difficult time. On behalf of all of us at UAA I want to thank everyone for their time and support during this crisis. It was meaningful that our community was there for us in our time of need and we are sincerely appreciative of everyone's efforts."


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