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Mitchell Krofta, 18, of Racine, died Thursday, Feb. 19 after having surgery to remove a bone spur and stretch his tendons so that he could walk again, said his mom Marie Montalbano.

Mitchell suffered from an anoxic brain injury, stroke, and cardiac failure all in the same day following an asthma attack he had on April 25, 2013 while playing tennis at Horlick High School. Since then, he suffered permanent brain damage and he was unable to walk, talk or eat on his own.

After Mitchell had this most recent surgery, Montalbano said she isn’t sure what happened exactly but she knew that something wasn’t right because Mitchell was running a high temperature.

“It just wasn’t him anymore and he seemed like he just wasn’t adjusting,” she said

Before Mitchell had the asthma attack, he was into BMX bikes and worked at Racine Cyclery.  He also enjoyed playing tennis, camping, fishing and was a huge Green Bay Packer fan, according to his obituary.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 25 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie Street, with Rev. Steve Varghese officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 and Wednesday at church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.



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