University of Alaska Anchorage runner Marko Cheseto has had to have both legs amputated above the ankle following his two-day disappearance that left the student-athlete with severe frostbite of his hands and feet.
According to the university’s athletic department, Cheseto’s hands are expected to make a full recovery and he is expected to stay in the hospital for some time while he continues to recover and rehabilitate.
Cheseto went missing the evening of Nov. 8 and was found two days later when he walked into an Anchorage Springhill Suites hotel. He has not openly discussed the reason for his disappearance, which incited a massive search and rescue effort by university and city polices, as well as many other volunteers from the community.
"First of all I would like to thank the University, the city of Anchorage and all of the volunteers that searched for me during my troubled times. As some may know, I've been going through a lot of personal issues. While I am still recovering - both physically and emotionally - I will do my very best to give back to the community that has helped me so much and to my home country, Kenya. I sincerely apologize for any problems that I may have caused,” said Cheseto in a press release from the UAA Athletic Department.
UAA Director of Athletics Dr. Steve Cobb commented in the same release, "We take our responsibility and commitment to the student-athletes entrusted to our care very seriously. We have been very supportive of Marko and will continue to support him during this difficult time. On behalf of all of us at UAA I want to thank everyone for their time and support during this crisis. It was meaningful that our community was there for us in our time of need and we are sincerely appreciative of everyone's efforts."
A fund has been set up for Marko Cheseto. Donations can be mailed to: Cheseto Fund, UAA Athletics, Wells Fargo Sports Complex, Room 220, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage,