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Report: Tim Bozon placed in an artificial coma

The doctors continue to assess the situation, and have placed the young man in coma to slow the disease.

Prospect Tim Bozon's battle with meningitis continues to be an difficult fight, as doctors in Saskatoon have decided to place him in an induced coma state, according to the Saskatoon Blades' radio voice Les Lazaruk, to help slow down the progression of the disease.

His critical condition has progressively worsened ever since it was announced he contracted the sickness a little over a week ago.

The Center for Disease Control describes bacterial meningitis as follows:

Bacterial meningitis is usually severe. While most people with meningitis recover, it can cause serious complications, such as brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disabilities.

There are several pathogens (types of germs) that can cause bacterial meningitis. Some of the leading causes of bacterial meningitis in the United States include Haemophilus influenzae(most often caused by type b, Hib), Streptococcus pneumoniae, group B StreptococcusListeria monocytogenes, and Neisseria meningitidis.

In the United States, about 4,100 cases of bacterial meningitis, including 500 deaths, occurred each year between 2003–2007

Hockey is no longer the focus for this young man, as his battle to make it to the NHL takes a back seat to his battle to stay alive.

We'll keep you updated as more news comes.

In the mean time we ask that you keep the young man, his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

If you'd like to make a donation to the Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada, you can do it here.