The Iraqi war veteran and Occupy Oakland protester who was critically injured by police Tuesday night may fully recover from his wounds, doctors say.
Scott Olsen, a former U.S. Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq, suffered a fractured skull from a police-fired projectile. After arriving at the hospital, Olsen suffered a seizure and was placed in a medically-induced coma. He has since regained consciousness and been upgraded from critical to fair condition. From ABC7 in San Francisco:
Doctors are hopeful he’ll make a full recovery, despite a fractured skull and major swelling on the left side of his brain.
“That swelling pushes the nerves together and makes him not function as well and right now that portion of the brain that’s not functioning as well is his ability to speak. Other than that, he’s fine,” said Alden Harken, M.D., the Highland Hospital Chair of Surgery.
Occupy protesters across the county held vigils for Olsen on Thursday. Many held signs that read: “We are all Scott Olsen.”