By Kent Larsen
Dallas Missionary Recovering From Skull Fractures, Internal Bleeding
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Elder Burke Jensen's condition has been
upgraded to fair and he has been moved out of intensive care, reports
Wendy Walker, a spokeswoman for Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.
Elder Jensen was robbed and badly beaten with a baseball bat last
Tuesday when he and his companion were mugged in a Dallas
neighborhood. And doctors are pleased with his recovery.
"I thought his brain was going to swell and we would have to do
surgery,"said Dr. David Barnett Saturday of Jensen's recovery. "I
thought it was going to get worse instead of better." His injuries
include skull fractures above his left ear, extensive swelling and
internal bleeding. His elbow is also broken, apparently from raising
his arm to ward off blows from the bat. But in spite of his recovery,
Dr. Barnett says it could be as long as four weeks before he will
know if Jensen has permanent damaged on the right side of his body.
Jensen's companion, Elder Jason Mortensen, fled the scene and escaped
injury. In response to the attack, the Dallas Texas Mission has
withdrawn missionaries from the area where Jensen was attacked.
Police are still narrowing a list a suspects in the attack.
Badly beaten missionary shows signs of recoverying
Ft Worth TX Star-Telegram (AP) 7Jan01 N1
By The Associated Press