Something happened to Kurt Meier on the night of February 17. No one knows for sure what happened to him. All his parents know is that he woke up the next morning with bleeding wounds on his head and stated simply that he had fallen down on his way home from work and hit his head.
Kurt lives and works in Portland, Oregon and takes public transportation to and from work. He bus drops him off within a short walking distance from the home he shares with his parents and sister.
As soon as his parents saw the wounds in the front and back of his head, they knew they had to take him to the hospital. His mother described the situation as follows:
“He was checked at the VA Hospital and then moved to the Trauma ICU of the OHSU (Oregon Health and Science University). He has a big gash and fracture on the back left side of his skull and bleeding in the part of brain that controls speech. He also has numerous other bruises and scrapes, including a black eye and deep cut on his right forehead. The first three days he was not able to communicate more than a word or two. Saturday he recognized me part of the time I was visiting, sometime speaking clearly, sometimes slurred; sometimes making sense, sometimes not.”
The gashes seem a bit too serious for a simple fall, suggesting that Kurt might have been assaulted and he did not remember it happening. Perhaps someone was trying to rob him and found that he was carrying nothing but his VA card and a little pocket money.
But nothing can be determined at this time while Kurt is unable to remember what specifically happened to him that evening. After being in the hospital over the weekend, he began to improve early this week. On Tuesday, the nurses and doctors were talking about allowing Kurt to go home on Wednesday, but that he should not go back to work until after March 16. According to his mother, he is home now and is continuing to improve at a slow pace. He still seems to struggle with some parts of his speech capacity and remembering certain words.
Please keep him in your prayers as he recovers from the injuries to his head and the areas of his brain that were affected.