AIKEN - On Friday, Wofford senior Maggie Bosley was soaking up every bit of human interaction she could get. Truth is she hasn't had much in the past two months, outside of her parents Scott and Jamie. But Friday was her first excursion in weeks - and she was in for a long night of hugs, and well wishes.
For the past two months, Bosley has been battlingHemolytic-Uremic Syndrome (HUS) & Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP).This disease is “characterized by abnormalities (chiefly blood clots) that occur within the small blood vessels of the body. Both HUS and TTP are distinguished by blood clots within the capillaries and arterioles of many organs.” Maggie contracted the bacteria in late December while studying in Argentina.
Maggie was incredibly sick, spending one week in an Argentinean hospital and and additional three weeks at a hospital in Miami. While in Miami a team of about 20 doctors declared Maggie the sickest individual at the UM hospital. Her kidneys had failed, and she'd suffered a seizure. Maggie's chances of survival.
But she did survived and returned to Aiken, where her kidneys have recovered "about 50%". She gets cold quickly, and she tires easily. But nothing would keep her in bed on Friday night.
The event was "Kick This Boz", a charity soccer exhibition hosted by USC-Aiken and featuring the Pacers, the Wofford Terriers, and Winthrop Eagles (Maggie's sister Macie's team).
Amy Kiah, the head coach of Maggie's Wofford team, and Winthrop head coach Spencer Smith decided they wanted to do some sort of benefit game in Aiken. Pacers coach Sue Vodicka, who coached Maggie in the Olympic Development Program and is friends with the Bosley family, was more than happy to help put together Friday's event.
Maggie missed her last semester at Wofford, but had already completed her degree in chemistry. She's been accepted at the Medical University of South Carolina beginning this fall - and says that her ordeal is a learning experience and has only strengthened her resolve to become a doctor.