Wednesday, May 22, 2013
UAA Athlete Loses Feet to Frostbite
All-American runner’s feet amputated after he went missing, sustaining severe frostbite damage
The Kenyan student-athlete who went missing for three days earlier this month is now facing new challenges as doctors are forced to amputate his feet.
Twenty-eight-year-old Marko Cheseto, one of the University of Alaska Anchorage’s top cross country runners, is expected to remain hospitalized for some time after doctors removed both of his feet just above the ankle. Cheseto’s hands are expected to make a full recovery.
Cheseto was the subject of a campus-wide search that included rescue dogs, the Alaska State Trooper's Helo 1 helicopter, and dozens of volunteers. He walked into the Springhill Suites near the campus and was taken to a hospital for care.
Cheseto released the following statement today:
"First of all I would like to thank the University, the City of Anchorage and all of the volunteers that searched for me during my troubled times. As some may know, I've been going through a lot of personal issues. While I am still recovering--both physically and emotionally--I will do my very best to give back to the community that has helped me so much and to my home country, Kenya. I sincerely apologize for any problems that I may have caused."