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Todd Boettger now breathing on his own

Posted by Geeky Swedes on April 30th, 2009

Todd Boettger, the man who was attacked in Greenwood earlier this month, is recovering slowly. Forrest Boettger, Todd’s brother, says that Todd is still in the ICU at Harborview but was taken off the breathing apparatus on Tuesday. The doctors have stopped giving Todd the paralysis medication, and he’s able to “open his eyes to the stimuli of voices but does not follow with his gaze. Todd is able to move all of his limbs but can not at this time follow simple commands such as move your right fingers,” Forrest writes. Todd will undergo facial reconstructive surgery today, and doctors will keep him in the ICU possibly through the weekend before he is moved. As every brain injury is different, they don’t know what the recovery process will be. “Through this ordeal I would like to take the opportunity thank everyone for their concern and love that you all hold for my brother Todd. Again I would also like to remind the community that a fund has been set up for Todd at US Bank, the Todd Boettger Relief Fund (acct # 153461776434),” says Forrest.

Forrest will be coming to Seattle May 6th – May 11th. He plans to get a group of volunteers and go business to business, door to door to collect $50,000 for Todd and Lillian. Anyone who is interested in helping can contact Forrest at:

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52 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 ballard sucka#2 // Apr 30, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    We're all pulling you for you buddy! Good to here he made it through the first critical days. Let's hope he makes a full recovery.

  • 2 chopper_74 // Apr 30, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks Swedes, I'm glad that Todd is improving, although, it will be a slow process.
    Thank you Forrest for the update!

  • 3 angelatini // Apr 30, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Thank goodness!!! I am so glad to hear he is making progress!!!! :)

  • 4 Ballard_Sucks_Now // Apr 30, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Good to hear he's mending, although I'm sure this will be a long, difficult process. Still, it's a great first step. I'll kick in a contribution for the fund.

    Would love to see the police catch the scumbags who did this to him…

  • 5 Trix // Apr 30, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Me too. Hope they catch those dirty thugs.
    Very good news, though! :-)
    And I think Epilogue Books is still taking donations. I'm sure I'll be corrected if that's wrong.

  • 6 forrest boettger // Apr 30, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    To all the wonderful people who have expressed love and compassion for my brother Todd and his daughter Lillian you have mine and ALL of my families deepest gratitude and appreciation. I am organizing a fund raiser while in Seattle from the 6th of may thru the 11 th. The goal I have set is %50,000.00 to help Todd and Lillian and I believe there are 1000 people who can help out with $50.00. If you would like to help out in any way by volunteering you may contact me at the email address in the article or by donating to the TODD BOETTGER RELIEF FUND at any US Bank. Although Todd has made a few huge steps the next ones we will have to practice “patience” This experience has been and continues to be very emotionally hard and draining to all of our entire family and we are all pulling for Todds recovery. Again I want to thank the Emerald City and all the caring people who live there.


    Forrest Boettger, little bro

  • 7 SPG // Apr 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    This is some welcome news. All the best wishes for Todd's recovery.

  • 8 Ballardmom // May 1, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I'm really glad to hear this and I don't even know the family! But my daughter is Lillian's age so this has hit close to home.

    I had a friend who had a traumatic brain injury years ago when we were hit by a drunk driver. She was in a coma for quite some time and unable to function at all at first upon waking up. But she did heal and has a normal life now and I'm holding on to hope that Todd will too – since I have seen recoveries from accidents this horrible. But it does take a very long time. Seeing the community come together like this is so amazing to see!

    I hope they catch the guys who did this to him too. I worry now when my husband goes out at night. :(

  • 9 Carrie // May 1, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Oh this is terrific news! I am so happy for the progress that todd has made.

    I will be emailing you, Forrest, as I am interested in participating in the fundraiser.


  • 10 S. Ballard // May 1, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Very good news. I am glad to hear that he is making forward progress! Thanks for keeping us updated Myballard and Forrest.

  • 11 boardbrown // May 1, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Epilogue is indeed still taking donations.

  • 12 RS // May 2, 2009 at 7:04 pm


  • 13 Neighbor // May 2, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I hope he pulls through. Then I hope he learns to stay at home on week nights with his kid. Seriously, if I had no health insurance and a kid to raise,the last thing I'd be doing is bar hopping in scum bag bars in Greenwood at 2am. But that's just silly, overly responsible, crazy me.

  • 14 chopper_74 // May 3, 2009 at 12:57 am

    There is no excuse for that opinion, sorry, but many of us HAVE to be where there is trouble, and bar hopping is not the issue. The proper perspective is to have these areas rendered safe, for all.
    Forrest, ignore the above crap.

  • 15 forrest boettger // May 4, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Well I am finalizing my trip to the wonderful city of Seattle to pund the city streets to help raise money for his plight and am calling out one last time for volunteers. To all that have already contacted me I will be getting to you with all the details no later than Tuesday befor I fly out. Thank you all for your kind words and support through this terrible ordeal. Peace and love to all.


    Forrest Boettger, little bro

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