Forest Lake students raise money for officer’s lung transplant
It was the beginning of December 2015 when Southwest Junior High School resource officer Troy Meyer started feeling ill. When he started becoming short of breath, he went to the doctor to get checked. It was determined Troy had a severe lung infection. He was low on oxygen and experiencing difficulty breathing. They decided to admit him and monitor his oxygen levels.
Meyer’s health did not improve, so doctors performed an ultrasound and found a blood clot near his right collarbone. They started to treat the blood clot, but Meyer had a severe allergic reaction to the blood clot medication that caused him to have a severe asthmatic attack and required him to be moved to the intensive care unit. At this point, his lungs were working so hard to breathe that he needed to be placed on a ventilator to help him regulate his breathing. His breathing and overall health slowly deteriorated, and eventually doctors decided to place Meyer in a medically induced coma so that his body would begin to relax, heal and not fight the ventilator. Due to the infection, allergic reaction and the fighting of the ventilator, Meyer’s lungs were only functioning at 10 percent capacity. The damage was deemed irreversible.