Bozon has been in the hospital since March 1 when he was diagnosed with Neisseria Menningitis. He has been in ICU and in a medically induced coma since March 1, not March 6 as has been reported by some outlets, as doctors worked to slow the advance of the meningitis.
According to a news release issued Thursday by the Saskatoon Health Region:
“(Bozon) remains in ICU. However, doctors have indicated his condition remains critical but stable and improving. . . . His family has indicated that Tim has responded to verbal stimuli.”
The news release continued:
“Tim’s parents, Philippe and Helene, have been overwhelmed by the email and social media messages from people around the world showing support for their son. The family is very appreciative and will respond sometime in the near future. The family also wants to express thanks to the doctors and staff at Royal University Hospital for the care Tim has received.”
Meanwhile, the WHL is in the process of establishing a trust fund to assist the Bozon family “with medical and rehabilitation costs as insurance coverage is limited.” The WHL says that more information on the fund will be released in the near future.
Tim Bozon was in his third WHL season when he took ill. From Lugano, Switzerland, he began his WHL career with the Kamloops Blazers. Last season, as one-third of perhaps the WHL’s top forward line, alongside Colin Smith and JC Lipon, Bozon had 91 points, including 36 goals, in 69 games.
Early this season, with the Blazers in an obvious rebuilding mode, Bozon asked for a trade and was moved to the Ice. He had 62 points, 30 of them goals, in 50 games. He has scored at least 30 goals in each of this three seasons.
He was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round, 64th overall, of the NHL’s 2012 draft and later signed a three-year entry-level contract.
Bozon is to turn 20 on March 24.
(NOTE: This has been updated to clarify that Tim Bozon actually has been in a medically induced coma since March 1, the day he was admitted to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.)
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