Michigan Based Jiu-Jitsu Instructor Hospitalized

Kaitlyn Sterling, a jiu-jitsu instructor based in Michigan, has fallen ill and is currently on a ventilator and fully sedated.  Her family is in dire need of any assistance the jiu-jitsu community can provide.

Katilyn’s boyfriend and instructor, Stan Myaskovskiy shared a bit about Kaitlyn and her love of jiu-jitsu

“Kaitlyn is a blue belt under me at Keweenaw Jiu-Jitsu. I’m a brown belt under Josh Passini at 10p Chicago. She’s been training for just under 5 years and was most recently training 5-7 days per week. 

Kaitlyn is also one of my kid’s instructors and a fill-in adult instructor. She used to run our women’s program also. She’s super dedicated and hard-working. She really enjoys the sport and especially sharing it with others.”

We don’t know much about Kaitlyn’s condition but Stan shared a bit with us

“Medically speaking, she was a perfectly healthy fit 25-year-old with no known issues besides allergies to ragweed and some other seasonal allergies. She fell ill with what seemed like a cold or flu for a week, then was diagnosed with pneumonia and given antibiotics, steroids, and a Nebulizer. She tested negative for Covid several times.  After a week-long course she did not improve and I took her to the emergency room where she was quickly transferred by flight to another hospital. She was then put on a ventilator and fully sedated. She’s now being airlifted again to a bigger hospital in Minneapolis for ECMO treatment.”

Stan is dedicating all of the proceeds of his tournament, the Checkmate Submission Only tournament being held this weekend at 10th Planet Chicago to help pay for Kaitlyn’s medical expenses and a Gofundme has been set up for her family.

Here are links for both

Keweenaw Jiu-JitsuGo Fund Me


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