While trainer Wayne Catalano remains hospitalized in a suburban Chicago, his daughter Shelbi Hill reports her father is improving.
In a July 28 Facebook posting, Hill noted that family members have been reading numerous get-well messages to her father at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
"All our family and especially my dad, want to thank everyone for the prayers and positive thoughts," Hill said. "We are here at the hospital reading my dad all the heartfelt and uplifting messages from everyone. I know my dad can hear them and they certainly help in keeping us all strong."
She also said tests have revealed that Catalano is suffering from a severe case of influenza A, which led to pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. On July 24, Catalano's 58th birthday, Hill had reported her father was critically ill and hospitalized. On July 28, she said the multiple leading trainer at Arlington Park was improving.
"Each day my dad is progressing in the right direction," Hill said. "We greatly appreciate all of your concern, prayers and positive energy. It means so much to us."