October 22, 2014

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Keystone student remains critical after crash

Kyle Delligatti

Kyle Delligatti

LAGRANGE — Kyle Delligatti’s family has spent nearly every moment by his bedside at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, hoping the teen who brings positive energy to his classmates wakes up.

Kyle’s father, Shane Delligatti, said his 17-year-old son is no longer medically sedated.

“We are still waiting for him to wake up. He is only getting pain medication now,” Shane Delligatti said Friday.

According to a nursing supervisor Friday night, Kyle remained in critical condition.

Shane Delligatti said Kyle was medically sedated to allow time for his brain to heal. However, swelling and pressure are still prevalent in the young man.

“Kyle’s brain pressure is still too high,” Shane Delligatti said, but doctors have been monitoring Kyle’s intracranial pressure daily.

The goal, Shane Delligatti said, is to have Kyle wake up and begin focusing on rehabilitation.

“But right now, they just don’t know what he’ll need,” his father said.

When medical staff pinch or poke Kyle’s lower extremities, such as his feet, he responds, Shane Delligatti said.

“He moved his arms slightly and blinked (while his eyes were still closed). This was all a type of reflex while they pinched him, but still good,” his father said.

For the students and staff at Keystone High School, the slight improvement with their classmate has provided little comfort since the two-car crash that took place Feb. 5 on state Route 301, near Webster Road. Kyle lost control of his car and overcorrected, according to Ohio Highway Patrol troopers, and was T-boned on the passenger side by an oncoming minivan.

Kyle, who serves as class president, is an active member of the student population at Keystone High School. He has helped organize the prom and is involved in Model United Nations.

“Kyle will really want to know what’s going on around school and any other activity he is involved in,” Shane Dellagatti said. “Keep him informed. Post what’s going-on (at school). Keep the prayers coming — Kyle needs it.”

For updates on Kyle’s condition, visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/kyledelligatti. Monetary donations can be made at any FirstMerit Bank under the name “Kyle Dellagatti” or “Shane Dellagatti.”

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com.