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On June 5, Austin Carlile was flown to Costa Rica for surgery to treat cysts growing on his spine. Now, Carlile is returning to the states on Tuesday to continue further treatment and begin recovery.
In the midst of Carlile's procedures, he has also been forced to address a Facebook donation scam.
A profile posing as Carlile has claimed to be teaming up with a clothing company, with part of the proceeds going to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. See Carlile's Instagram story posts addressing the situation, as well as offering an update on his health, below.
Earlier this year, he took to Twitter to talk more about his battle with Marfan Syndrome, a rare connective disorder. It’s a genetic condition that he has had his entire life, and because it’s so rare, that’s why he’s working to raise awareness for it.
Though it’s been a struggle, he explains that he’s learned “strength, patience and compassion,” with an “ability to understand so much better that so many people have it so much worse than me.” Read more from Carlile’s open discussion about Marfan’s Syndrome here.
Our thoughts are with Carlile and his family.
Follow the Marfan Foundation on Twitter here.
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