07/28/2014 2:16PM

Catalano still in ICU but improving

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Trainer Wayne Catalano remained in the intensive-care unit of St. Alexius Hospital in northwest suburban Chicago as of Monday, but Catalano has made steady progress recovering from a severe illness that hospitalized him July 22.

Catalano has been in an induced coma since late last week and has been receiving oxygen to assist his breathing. The medication to induce the coma has been withdrawn, however, and Catalano’s level of oxygen has been reduced, according to his wife, Ren é e Catalano.

“He’s still sedated, and he hasn’t really come to yet,” Renée Catalano said Monday afternoon. “He’s not breathing on his own yet, but he’s been progressing all along.”

If all goes well, Wayne Catalano should soon regain consciousness. His oxygen level gradually will be reduced until he is capable of breathing on his own.

Catalano was diagnosed with influenza A in addition to pneumonia. He fell ill almost two weeks before he was hospitalized and initially attempted to treat his illness on his own. Catalano saw a doctor July 21 when his symptoms failed to dissipate and was later hospitalized with seriously low oxygen levels in his blood. July 24 and July 25 were difficult days, but since that time, Catalano’s condition generally has improved.

“He’s responded to all their treatment. It just takes time,” Ren é e Catalano said.

Life has gone on for Wayne Catalano’s racing stable. At Monmouth on Sunday, Irish You Well finished a solid fourth in the $1 million Haskell, and Catalano-trained runners went 4-1-0 from seven starts Saturday and Sunday.

David More than 1 year ago
Wayne has the heart of a Grade I Champion. He will be in the Winners' Circle very soon.
George Dipiano More than 1 year ago
my prayers are with him and his family
SIS More than 1 year ago
Wayne, Our thoughts & prayers for a full recovery. Take care of yourself. Fernando is doing a great job at AP. Warmest wishes to you and the family.
TonyRegalbuto More than 1 year ago
Get well soon Wayne! Be praying for you.
MoneyMarcus More than 1 year ago
Good luck Wayne. You are an outstanding man. Hope you're back to see the big races at Arlington in a few weeks. Peace and love and get to the winner's circle soon.
Greg Sterck More than 1 year ago
Wayne,this is on behalf of some of your fans,and a few of your owners,in the NOLA area. We are praying for you and hoping for a speedy recovery. Your a great horseman and we can't wait for you to get back at it . We are thinking of you every day ,and wishing you the very best !
Jeanne More than 1 year ago
Prayers for a full recovery for Wayne Catalano!!!!
Mike R More than 1 year ago
Get well soon Mr. Catalano.
Craig More than 1 year ago
Get well Cat Man...do whats best for your health, the ponies will still be there whenever you get well... RE: OTHER POST about no other comments, you can thanq DRf Plus for no one being on this site anymore, must be affiliated with CDInc!
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
I wish Mr Catalano a quick recovery and a well deserved rest.