Montreal Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon is in quite a fight right now after being diagnosed with Neisseria meningitis. The 19-year-old has been in a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, hospital for a week and was recently placed in a medically induced coma, a team official told QMI Agency.
Bozon was most recently listed in critical condition. His parents flew in from their home in Switzerland and have been with Bozon in the hospital since Sunday. Bozon's father is Phillippe Bozon, who appeared in 144 games with the St. Louis Blues.
This is obviously a rather serious situation and potentially life-threatening.
Bacterial meningitis is also contagious. Health officials in Canada have offered antibiotics to players that possibly came into contact with the bacteria as a precaution.
"It can have very severe consequences, so it can have a long-term lasting neurological damage if it's not treated appropriately and rapidly,” Dr. Michael Schwant with the Saskatoon Health Region told Global News.
Earlier in the week, Bozon's parents tweeted from the player's Twitter account.
Our Timmy is keeping fighting but...thank you so much for your wonderful wishes.helene and Phil Bozon— tim bozon (@timbozon94) March 4, 2014
Bozon had been playing with the Kootenay Ice after being traded from the Kamloops Blazers earlier this year. It is his third season in the Western Hockey League, where they dynamic forward has posted 226 points in 199 career games.
Between the Ice and Blazers, Bozon has 64 points in 59 games this season.
The Habs selected Bozon in the third round, 64th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He was born in St. Louis, Mo., but holds French citizenship and represented France at the IIHF Men's World Championship in 2012.