Early last month Will Hotch captained the Staples High School volleyball team to an undefeated season, and the state Class L championship.
A couple of weeks later, Will graduated from Staples. He headed off for a summer as a counselor at an overnight camp. He looked forward to college in the fall.
Suddenly last week, he became gravely ill.
His body and immune system were adversely affected by Epstein-Barr virus. Antibodies attacked his immune system, leading to post-infectious myelitis.
Will’s spinal cord was damaged, causing severe numbness below his neck. He cannot feel or move his legs at all.
He will undergo a second procedure as soon as possible, to stabilize him and start him on his road to recovery.
He and his family have endured a lengthy ICU stay. It will continue for the foreseeable future, with several expensive procedures. When he starts to improve, he will require in-patient rehabilitation.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help defray those costs. It will also be used to help with missed wages for his parents as they support him during this difficult time. Many Westporters know Will’s mother Denise — she’s a group fitness instructor at the Westport Weston YMCA.
Click here to help Will, and his family.