The mother of a 19-year-old Kansas University cross country runner who was hit by a car last week said her son's condition appears to be improving again after a life-threatening setback during the Labor Day weekend.
Jeremy McClain was listed in serious condition today at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., where he was taken by Life Flight helicopter last Wednesday after the accident.
McClain's mother, Linda McClain, said today that her son has been under total sedation since Sunday and has been using life support systems. Today, she said, doctors had told the family her son was needing less oxygen assistance.
Mrs. McClain said that if her son continues to improve, doctors may take him off life support within the next 48 hours.
Jeremy McClain suffered several fractures in his left leg in the accident, which occurred at 23rd and Louisiana.
Mrs. McClain said doctors placed her son under total sedation because "he needs all his energy to get his lungs cleaned out." She said doctors also inserted tubes into McClain's chest.
Mrs. McClain said the past week's events have taken a tremendous emotional toll on the Overland Park family.
"From Sunday morning to about noon yesterday, we were just living by the hour," she said. "Now, we're just hoping for a couple of good days."