Iraq Vet Scott Olsen Improving, May Require Brain Surgery

Scott Olsen, the Iraqi war veteran injured by police during the Occupy Oakland protests Tuesday night, has been upgraded from critical to fair condition by doctors at Highland Hospital. He regained consciousness this afternoon and is said to be breathing on his own.

The 24-year-old Olsen will require surgery to relieve the swelling of his brain. His parents flew from Wisconsin today and are at the hospital with their son. Dottie Guy, a friend of Olsen’s and fellow military vet, said the scene at the hospital was chaotic. From The Huffington Post:

Outside, Guy counted 10 reporters and two or three TV trucks. The previous day, another friend and Iraq veteran, 27-year-old Jordan Towers, said there were 60 people at the hospital waiting for word about Olsen.

The group Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), of which Olsen is a member, has set up a fund to help with medical expenses. Donations for the Scott Olsen Fund are being accepted here.