Post-baccalaureate fellow Zachary Paluch ’13 opened his eyes briefly on Monday as part of a number of improvements in his condition, according to an update on his family’s Giveforward fundraising page.
“I could see him blink a couple of times,” his brother, Christopher, wrote on the page. “My dad quickly gave me his cell phone to take a picture of him before they closed. I held his hand and talked to him as he would slowly move his fingers.”
Zachary has also made facial expressions and begun weaning off of oxygen support.
He has been hospitalized since Monday, Sept. 16 after he was found unconscious and injured near train tracks north of Knox’s campus. The causes of his injuries are still under investigation by the Galesburg Police Department.
On Friday, Oct. 11, he was deemed to be in stable enough condition to be transported from St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Ill. to RML Specialty Hospital in Hinsdale, Ill., where he can be closer to his family’s home and receive long-term acute treatment.
Zachary’s family expressed gratitude for the nurses and other families at St. Francis Hospital who gave their support, according to an earlier update on the Giveforward page.
As of Tuesday morning, the family has reached nearly half of their fundraising goal, bringing the total donations up to $22,048 in just two weeks. Anyone interested in donating may do so here.
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