Richland grad, soldier hospitalized after suffering brain aneurysm, cousin says
JOHNSTOWN - A 21-year-old Richland High School graduate who is a sergeant in the U.S. Army in Fort Stewart, Georgia, was found unresponsive Monday night, his cousin said.
According to Courtney Lohr, Alex Kot suffered a brain aneurysm in his barracks room and was rushed to the hospital. He was then taken by helicopter to Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.
“They had to perform an emergency brain surgery on him and (he) just had another surgery (Wednesday) afternoon because the bleeding did not stop,” Lohr said Thursday.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Kot and his family, who are in Florida.
“He is such an amazing person and anyone who has ever met him knows he would do anything for anybody,” Lohr said of Kot. “He's a proud soldier and he's only 21 years old."
“I was told this morning that they didn’t get the news we wanted. They aren’t able to do the third surgery because of where the arteriovenous malformation is located,” Lohr said. “They are waiting a couple (of) weeks to see how he reacts to everything and will try radiation, but radiation takes a very long time to fix the arteriovenous malformation.”
Lohr said the family is asking for prayers.
“We need lots of prayers and I hope you guys can find it in your heads to share this on social media and hopefully TV. Anything could help right now,” she said.