Injured artist moved to Texas hospital

Published on Sunday, 5 January 2014 21:12 - Written by FAITH HARPER fharper@tylerpaper.com

Joseph French, the East Texas artist who was shot multiple times in Honduras in late December, has made his way back to East Texas.

Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas confirmed French, 27, was in their intensive care unit Sunday evening.

French was robbed and shot multiple times on Dec. 20 while walking home from a Christmas party at the school where he taught American literature.

French went through several surgeries to remove bullets in his upper torso and head, and was placed into a medically-induced coma to help his brain heal.

Family and friends instantly started fundraising for his care, which amounted to about $5,000 per day and for funds to charter a medical air ambulance to bring him home to Texas — at a cost of $25,000 for the one-way trip.

Gwen French, Joe’s aunt, posted on her Facebook wall Sunday that he arrived in Dallas safely. She said doctors were evaluating his injuries and determining the best plan for his recovery.

Family members said French was pulled out of his coma successfully, and the doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

French is not insured. Three online funds have been set up for anyone wishing to help with medical costs.

 

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GoFundMe:www.gofundme.com/5van20

Give Forward: tinyurl.com/JoeFrench

Art for French Etsy account:www.etsy.com/shop/ArtforFrench