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Micah Doughty Update

Reed Doughty's rookie year was one of life-changing events. The Doughty's firstborn, Micah, came six weeks premature on Aug. 30, and suffered serious kidney problems. He will need a transplant at some point and the family continues to prepare for that day.

Finally caught up with Reed in the parking lot at The Park this afternoon as he was on his way to meet his family at a doctors visit for Micah. Micah has been having some urinary issues that could cause him to need some special procedures once he is ready for the transplant. Micah underwent a surgery this offseason that also cause him to vomit frequently, and thus he has had difficulty putting on weight.

Micah has been stuck on 18 pounds for about a month, Reed said, and should be at least 22 pounds for the transplant to take place. The little guy is also on dialysis - my heart goes out to any family having to deal with something like this and I can only imagine what that must be like - but remains in good spirits, Reed said, enjoying each day with a smile on his face.

"He's doing really good, he'll be fine," Reed said. "It's just frustrating. I mean most babies are fat, but I can feel his ribs. I'm like, you're skinny like me, what's going on? But he's in doing good."

The Doughtys are incredibly positive people (spending time with them at their house around Christmastime was something I will never forget) and I know their story touched all of us. I told Reed about the emails I received from you guys wanting to send you best his way and hoping everything was going well with Micah, and he was very thankful for the support. I also told him we'll send as much positive energy his way as we can and will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers.

By Jason La Canfora  |  June 12, 2007; 4:32 PM ET
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