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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Former Wellington, Arkansas City athlete in coma

  • SPECIAL TO THE WELLINGTON DAILY NEWS: A 19-year-old Arkansas City resident is fighting for his life in a Wichita hospital.
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  • WICHITA, Kan. — The mother of 19-year-old Arkansas City resident Aaron Asbury, a former Ark City High School wrestler, wants some answers from authorities on why her son is fighting for his life in a Wichita hospital.
    Asbury was listed in critical condition Monday morning at the hospital.
    He was transported there by a medical helicopter from Ponca City Medical Center in Ponca City, Okla., where he apparently was taken after a New Year's Eve incident, according to his mother, Brenda Asbury.
    Ponca City police are investigating what substance was in Asbury's system when an ambulance picked him up on New Year's Day from a residence in the 1300 block of South Seventh Street, a spokeswoman for the Ponca City Police Department said Monday.
    The police spokeswoman said a 23-year-old Ponca City man who lived at the South Seventh Street address called for an ambulance for Aaron Asbury shortly before 10 a.m. New Year's Day.
    The spokeswoman, Sherry Bowers, said police were investigating the case, but that she couldn't offer many details at this point in the investigation.
    A fundraiser has been organized for the Arkansas City teen and former wrestler, said Brenda Asbury. The fundraiser was organized by a friend of the family, she said.
    Visit www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/teenage-victim-wrestles-for-life/39161 to learn how to donate to Asbury's cause.
    The fund-raising effort was organized by Raymond Keen and the beneficiary is listed as Brenda Asbury, according to the website.
    Brenda Asbury said her son has renal failure, and his kidneys and liver aren't operating as they should. He also has pneumonia and the flu.
    Aaron Asbury has been in a coma since Jan. 1, she said, and mostly is unresponsive. He is on life support.
    "My husband and I have been at his side since he was first in the hospital," she said. "We've been doing a lot of praying."
    Aaron Asbury has been active in wrestling for the past 10 years, she said.
    He was a member of the Ark City Takedown Club and also wrestled for the Bulldogs at ACHS. In addition, he wrestled for a time at Wellington High School.
    "I talked to him on the phone New Year's Eve," she said.
    "He called us to wish us a happy new year, and to ask what Dad and I were doing. I told him we were just sitting around and watching movies, and he said he was doing the same."
    The next thing she knew, the police had contacted them and asked them to come to the Ponca City hospital to identify her son, she said.
    "My son has been healthy his whole life," said Brenda Asbury. "For him to be in critical condition is (unbelievable). I just want some answers."
    Page 2 of 2 - She said she didn't know the 23-year-old man who lived on South Seventh Street in Ponca City and who reportedly called for an ambulance for her son.
    Brenda Asbury said her son has a 1-year-old daughter who has visited him in the Wichita hospital. The girl was accompanied by her mother, she said.
    The 1-year-old "kept telling him to 'Get up, get up,'" and that was heartbreaking to her, said Brenda Asbury.
    "I just want to know what happened and what led to this," she said. "No one wants to come forward.
    "I don't know of anyone who had a beef with him."
    She said Aaron lived at home with her in Ark City, but would come and go from the house. He just turned 19 about a month ago, she said.

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