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Tim Bozon out of coma

Kootenay Ice forward Tim Bozon drives to the net during a WHL game against the Moose Jaw Warriors. - Chris Pullen photo/www.cranbrookphoto.com
Kootenay Ice forward Tim Bozon drives to the net during a WHL game against the Moose Jaw Warriors.
— image credit: Chris Pullen photo/www.cranbrookphoto.com

More good news is coming out of Saskatoon on Tim Bozon's health.

The Kootenay Ice forward has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and into one of the hospital wards, and doctors have listed his condition as stable.

Bozon's parents say he is awake, moving around in his bed, trying to feed himself and trying to speak.

Bozon was admitted to Royal University Hospital on March 1 and diagnosed with Neisseria meningitis.

Since then, Bozon was put into an artificial coma, but doctors worked to slowly wake him as per the last update from the Saskatoon Health Region a week ago.

Since arriving in Saskatoon, the family has received a lot of support from the hockey community, friends and even strangers. Anonymous gifts such as restaurant vouchers, fruit baskets and a box of blankets and other bedding have been brought to the hospital.

The family wishes to pass along their gratitude for all the support that has come in around the world.

While his condition continues to improve, Bozon faces a long recovery. The WHL has established a trust fund to assist him and his family with medical and rehabilitation costs. The public can make donations at any Bank of Montreal branch in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The Kootenay Ice will have donation boxes at Guest Services during home games in the WHL playoffs. There is also a box inside the Kootenay Ice office where a donation can be made during business hours.

Fans raised more than $3,700 for Bozon last Friday night when the Kootenay Ice hosted the Calgary Hitmen.

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