Former White Rock Renegade on mend after hospitalization

Sara Groenewegen not with Team Canada at world softball championships in Japan

Sara Groenewegen is on the mend.

The Semiahmoo Peninsula resident – and Canadian national women’s softball team pitcher – was hospitalized during the final days of last month’s Canada Cup after dealing with what she said was a fever and “really bad back pain.”

She was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease – a severe form of pneumonia.

As a result, she was not with the team during it’s Canada Cup championship victory, nor is she with the team in Japan this week for 2018 Women’s World Softball Championships.

Last week, however, the former White Rock Renegade star took to Twitter to update people on her condition.

After being admitted to the hospital ER, “I was then put into a medically induced coma for about 10 days as I… needed my lungs to be helped before coming out of a coma.”

From there, she detailed how she was brought out of the coma and sent to the intensive-care unit, then slowly taken off her medications “one by one.”

“I am in a lot better health condition now. I know I scared a lot of people as it was so sudden and so serious so quickly,” Groenewegen continued. “But I just wanted to let everyone know that I am fighting for a speedy recovery.”

While most who suffer such an ailment make full recoveries, the 23-year-old graduate of the University of Minnesota said the recovery process is a long road.

“I was congratulated for standing for 10 seconds on my own the other day and that’s what it really hit me,” she said. “Life can be so humbling.”

On Monday, Softball Canada released a statement saying that Groenewegen had been released from Royal Columbian Hospital and is now recovering at home.

“She is recovering well and she and her family wish to thank all those who kept her in their thoughts and prayers. The family would also like to thank Dr. Gunning and the ICU team at Royal Columbian Hospital. Their expertise was instrumental in Sara’s recovery,” the statement reads.

In the release, Softball Canada CEO Hugh Mitchener called Groenewegen “a true battler.”

“With the help of her family and supporters I’m sure she is already planning her return to the diamond,” he said.

In the meantime, Groenewegen’s teammates are in Chiba, Japan at worlds, where they have rolled to a 5-2 win-loss record through the first five days of action. Canada has wins over Great Britain, Venezuela, Italy, China and Botswana, with losses to Australia and Japan.

Playoff rounds begin Friday, and the championship game – with a 2020 Olympic berth on the line – is set for Sunday.

Just Posted

Surrey council sends back 25-storey highrise proposal, asks for more height and density

Developer says it is ‘currently reviewing direction’ from mayor, council

PHOTOS: Surrey seniors band together at weekly jam sessions

‘My policy is to keep busy doing stuff like this, and you gotta have a smile doing it,’ one woman says

Prospera and Westminster credit unions approved for proposed merger

Abbotsford- and Surrey-based companies now take matter to membership vote

Ocean Athletics takes aim at Project Play contest in quest for track resurfacing

South Surrey Athletic Park track ‘eight years behind it’s best-before date’ says club

White Rock and South Surrey voices weigh in Trudeau ‘brownface’ and ‘blackface’

People are going to have to make an “individual choice” on how to react, says columnist

VIDEO: B.C.’s famous cat Grandpa Mason has died

The story of the feral cat that started fostering kittens touched people around the world

‘Not acceptable’: Ad linking Liberal candidate to B.C. police force removed

Jati Sidhu said advertisement only appeared for 30 minutes and was created by Montreal company

Trudeau seeks meeting with Singh to apologize for blackface, brownface photos

‘I will be apologizing to him personally as a racialized Canadian,’ Trudeau said Friday

Charges stayed against Alberta RCMP officer in alleged off-duty Whistler assault

Const. Vernon Hagen instead completed an alternative measures program

Indian teachers that inspired Super 30 movie talk about hope

Movie is based on international best-selling book by B.C. doctor

Abbotsford erases skate park graffiti mural honouring student killed in car crash

Many in community angry at city’s move after saying art wouldn’t be immediately removed

VIDEO: Fire destroys Williams Lake strip club targeted by past arson attempts

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, as well as New World Tea and Coffee House

Second bat found at Greater Victoria elementary school tests positive for rabies

Island Health confirms second rabies case, this time in Saanich

B.C. man guilty of first-degree murder in Yukon killing

Edward James Penner, 22, was given the mandatory life sentence for the 2017 slaying of 25-year-old Adam Cormack

Most Read

l -->