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Father who suffered attack on life support

April 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

We have an update on Todd Boettger, the man who was robbed and left for dead in Greenwood early Tuesday morning. “He has been heavily sedated, basically a drug induced coma since the incident,” writes his younger brother Forrest Boettger in an email. But there is a glimmer of hope. “He opened his eyes for just a moment and tried to move his upper right arm as if wanting to remove the ventilator,” Forrest explains. Todd is the single father of 6-year-old Lillian, who saw her dad at the Harborview ICU after the attack. “I don’t want to go back, it doesn’t look like Daddy!” she exclaimed.

The Boettger family, who sent us these photos, wants to know the identity of a woman who was seen attending to Todd on Greenwood Ave. near 85th after the attack. “This woman has disappeared but was seen kneeling down next to my brother,” Forrest says. “She was in her mid to late 20’s with red hair, wearing a brown sweatshirt, brown khakis and tennis shoes.” The family is hoping she witnessed the attack and can help police with the investigation.

If you’d like to help, the family has set up the “Todd Boettger Relief Fund,” where you can donate at any U.S. Bank to help pay for medical bills and care for Lillian. “If Todd does pull through, he will need facial recontructive surgery to repair the left cruched cheek bone and left eye socket fracture and many, many months of rehabilitation,” Forrest explains.

Epilogue Books (2001 NW Market St) has set up a donation jar for those who only have spare change, a few dollars, or can’t get to the bank.

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