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A college athlete beaten back by meningitis reclaims his life
A college athlete beaten back by meningitis reclaims his life

Aaron Loy sat on his surfboard, bobbing in the flat Pacific, waiting for a wave. It was an unusually light day seven weeks into his freshman year at UC Santa Barbara — no classes, no lacrosse team practice and only a bit of homework for later. So he and a buddy decided to take in the November sun at the beach. The waves never came, so Aaron pedaled his bike barefoot along the cliffs into Isla Vista and back to his dorm room. He felt tired but started on his calculus homework. The room was cold, so he threw on a sweater. Then another. Then another. He put on a beanie and gloves and slipped under the covers of his bed. His sweat soaked into his sheets, yet he was still so cold....

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