Posted: Jul 18, 2012 3:10 PM by Q2 News
BILLINGS- A U.S. Marine Lcpl. Chris Bogner, a Miles City native, has been transferred to a new hospital as he continues to recover from injuries sustained in an explosion last week in Afghanistan.
The 22-years-old was critically injured by an IED (improvised explosive device) on Wednesday, July 11th.
Bogner sustained shrapnel injuries which will require surgery, two collapsed lungs and swelling of the brain.
Following the explosion, he was taken to Germany where his parents Keith and Connie Bogner, also of Miles City, were flown to be near to their son in Munich.
Q2 reached out to the U.S. Marine Corps for comment, but the service branch does not comment on injured servicemen and women.
However, a Facebook page has been set up which Bogner's parents use to keep family, friends and well wishers up to date on Bogner's condition.
According to that page, there have been several positive signs of recovery.
On Tuesday night, doctors removed a machine helping Bogner to breathe.
The following is Keith Bogner's update on Lcpl. Bogner's status on Wednesday:
UPDATE! 7/18 7:20 pm here
Again, thank you everyone who is giving Chris such support and also those who are doing so much for us as a family, I can't even say what it means to us.
Last night they reduced Chris sedetive and we were able to see Chris move his legs and squeeze his moms hand, that was very moving and emotional but they decided it was too stressfull on his blood preasure so the doctors put him back on the original dose. He remained stable throughout the night and was able to make the flight to Landstuhl today arriving at 5:00 pm. We made the drive (3 1/2 hrs) and arrived here earlier in the day to get settled in the Fisher House that we will stay in until moving him on to the states. We should know more about a timeline by the end of the day tommorow while the staff here reacceses his condition. They reduced sedation a short while ago and he started to regain consciousness before they increased it again. Probably the best but hardest part of the day since he showed signs of discomfort and pain, but also signs that all his limbs are working. Praise be to God Almighty!
Once doctors in Germany are satisfied with Bogner's progress, he will be flown to Walter Reed Memorial Hospital in Maryland.
You can visit the support page for Chris Bogner by clicking here.