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UPDATE: Paluch opens eyes, shows other signs of improvement

Post-baccalaureate fellow Zachary Paluch remains in critical condition after being found unconscious Sunday, Sept. 15. (Photo courtesy of Office of Communications)

Post-baccalaureate fellow Zachary Paluch remains in critical condition after being found unconscious Sunday, Sept. 15. (Photo courtesy of Office of Communications)

Post-baccalaureate fellow Zachary Paluch ’13 opened his eyes briefly on Monday as part of a number of improvements in his condition, according to an update on his family’s Giveforward fundraising page.

“I could see him blink a couple of times,” his brother, Christopher, wrote on the page. “My dad quickly gave me his cell phone to take a picture of him before they closed. I held his hand and talked to him as he would slowly move his fingers.”

Zachary has also made facial expressions and begun weaning off of oxygen support.

He has been hospitalized since Monday, Sept. 16 after he was found unconscious and injured near train tracks north of Knox’s campus. The causes of his injuries are still under investigation by the Galesburg Police Department.

On Friday, Oct. 11, he was deemed to be in stable enough condition to be transported from St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Ill. to RML Specialty Hospital in Hinsdale, Ill., where he can be closer to his family’s home and receive long-term acute treatment.

Zachary’s family expressed gratitude for the nurses and other families at St. Francis Hospital who gave their support, according to an earlier update on the Giveforward page.

As of Tuesday morning, the family has reached nearly half of their fundraising goal, bringing the total donations up to $22,048 in just two weeks. Anyone interested in donating may do so here.


Related: Paluch’s family begins fundraising

 

Chelsea Embree
Chelsea Embree is a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in art history. She previously served as co-mosaic editor and as an arts and features reporter for TKS. During the summer of 2013, she served as a content intern at The St. Louis Beacon. Chelsea has studied under former Random House copy chief Sean Mills and taught writing as a teaching assistant for First-Year Preceptorial. An avid blogger, she has written extensively about youth in St. Louis and maintains a lively poetry and nonfiction blog on Tumblr. She is also the director of communications for Mortar Board and co-president of Terpsichore Dance Collective.

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Chelsea Embree
Chelsea Embree is a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in art history. She previously served as co-mosaic editor and as an arts and features reporter for TKS. During the summer of 2013, she served as a content intern at The St. Louis Beacon. Chelsea has studied under former Random House copy chief Sean Mills and taught writing as a teaching assistant for First-Year Preceptorial. An avid blogger, she has written extensively about youth in St. Louis and maintains a lively poetry and nonfiction blog on Tumblr. She is also the director of communications for Mortar Board and co-president of Terpsichore Dance Collective.




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