Update on Deputy Chris Dewey News Conference Tomorrow at 830 AM

Fargo, N.D. – Today, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, Mahnomen County Sheriff's deputy Chris Dewey was transferred out of MeritCare Hospital's critical care unit into a surgical unit. He remains in guarded condition. MeritCare critical care specialist Dr. Frank Sepe says "Chris has made significant improvements in the last 48 hours and is now well enough to move from the critical care unit." Surgeon Dr. Robert Sticca says "Chris is now out of immediate danger and has done great so far, but he will undergo more surgery and there's still a long road ahead for he and his family because of the injury to his brain." Tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 23, at 8:30 a.m., a news conference will be held to update the media about Chris' medical status. No members of Chris or Emily's families will be available to speak at the event.

Fargo, N.D. – Today, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, Mahnomen County Sheriff's deputy Chris Dewey was transferred out of MeritCare Hospital's critical care unit into a surgical unit. He remains in guarded condition. MeritCare critical care specialist Dr. Frank Sepe says "Chris has made significant improvements in the last 48 hours and is now well enough to move from the critical care unit." Surgeon Dr. Robert Sticca says "Chris is now out of immediate danger and has done great so far, but he will undergo more surgery and there's still a long road ahead for he and his family because of the injury to his brain."



Tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 23, at 8:30 a.m., a news conference will be held to update the media about Chris' medical status. No members of Chris or Emily's families will be available to speak at the event.

On Friday, Feb. 22, Chris remained in critical condition. He was no longer in a medically induced coma/was no longer being sedated. Chris was taken off of the ventilator that was being used to help him breathe and was breathing on his own. On Saturday, Feb. 23, Chris' condition was upgraded from critical to guarded. He remained hospitalized in MeritCare Hospital's critical care unit. He was moving his left side (he has been moving his right side all along) and was consistently following commands.

The family would like people to know that they are continuing to update Chris' Web page on caringbridge.org; Web site name: chrisdewey.

Information on the standard one-word conditions used at MeritCare is available at news.meritcare.com.

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