The condition of a Kansas University cross country runner who was struck by a car last week has once again been downgraded.
Jeremy McClain, 19, was listed in critical condition today at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., where he was taken after an accident Sept. 2 at 23rd and Louisiana.
McClain suffered several fractures in his left leg in the accident, which occurred while he was running.
Late last week, McClain was listed in fair condition. But Saturday night, he suffered a medical complication that caused serious respiratory problems. His condition was downgraded to critical.
McClain's mother, Linda McClain, said Wednesday that on Saturday, fat from a crushed leg bone had been carried into her son's lungs by his circulatory system. The fat clotted in his lungs, causing breathing problems.
Mrs. McClain said doctors placed her son on life-support systems.
On Wednesday, McClain's condition was upgraded to serious. His mother said doctors had been able to decrease the amount of oxygen they were giving him.
This morning, McClain's grandmother, Pauline Haney, said the family had another scare on Wednesday when McClain began to need more oxygen. She said doctors were concerned that her grandson had contracted pneumonia.
Mrs. Haney said an examination determined that a tube that had been inserted into McClain's chest had become partially clogged. The tube was cleared, and McClain again began to need less oxygen.
"Now, his condition is pretty much as it was before we had the scare Wednesday," she said.