An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect spelling for Stephen Oakes. The error has been corrected.
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (FOX 56) – A Georgetown family has been spending time in Lexington.
But not for a visit. Their son is battling a rare medical condition.
The son has been in and out of the hospital since the end of May to undergo a series of treatments.
But now Kal has his own story to tell. His son Stephen is battling a rare and serious medical condition at the University of Kentucky Hospital.
“He was diagnosed with an ulcer back in May, had some complications from that, had to have surgery basically they had to do the equivalent of a gastric bypass to recreate the connections in his stomach,” Oakes said.
Stephen has spent weeks in the hospital.
UK Hospital has been like a second home for this family. Their adult son has been undergoing a procedure related to a digestive issue he has been fighting for more than a month.
Kal Oakes, the sports editor for the Georgetown news graphic. He has been a journalist telling Kentucky stories since he moved here six years ago.
“It has been a long and winding road for about two months,” Oakes said. “A lot of travelling, a lot of unknowns, a lot of prayer and a lot of worry.”
The community of Georgetown has taken to social media to show compassion and support.
“The Scott County community both Scott County High School, Great Crossing High School, Georgetown college, it is like a big family with all the people who have lifted my family up during this time,” Oakes said.
“Since then he has developed an infection and he had to come back to the hospital so it has been eight weeks, he has been in and out of the hospital for about 19 days in the past seven eight weeks,” Oakes said.
You can imagine the burden it has been on this family and their 24-year-old.
Kal said his son Stephen was released from the hospital an hour ago.
He is hoping a third time is a charm as he son heals from home.