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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 In response to the attack, the Dallas Texas Mission has withdrawn missionaries from the area where Jensen was attacked.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

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