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Published November 19, 2010, 09:36 PM

Former UND Student Body President Moved To Hospice For Final Days

The family of a former UND student body president severely hurt in a St. Michael, Minnesota assault have made the decision to move him to hospice during his final days. 31-year-old Adam Baker suffered a severe head wound from an assault outside of a bar in May.

The family of a former UND student body president severely hurt in a St. Michael, Minnesota assault have made the decision to move him to hospice during his final days.

31-year-old Adam Baker suffered a severe head wound from an assault outside of a bar in May.

Baker has been in a coma since he was assaulted. His condition has not improved and he continues to fight infections that are growing more severe.

On Baker's caringbridge.org website Friday night, the family says the decision to move Adam to hospice was heart wrenching, and that they are wrestling with deep sadness and feelings of loss. And that doctors have told them they do not know how much longer Adam will live.

A st. Michael man is charged with baker's assault. The criminal complaint says Alexander Tuomisto punched Baker and Baker fell to the ground hitting his head. He suffered massive brain injuries. Tuomisto has pled not guilty.

The Friday, November 19th caringbridge.org entry on the family's decision to move Baker to Hospice is below.

It is with heavy hearts tonight that we write this post.

Since our last update Adam has been transferred back to North Memorial after it was found that he had a severe stomach infection caused by his VP shunt drain.

After speaking with Adam's doctors and prayerfully consulting family members and clergy, the family has made the difficult decision to transfer Adam to hospice care rather than continue to treat what have become, in essence, untreatable infections.

The decision is based on several recent discussions with Adam's doctors, as well as the fact that Adam has made essentially no progress in 6 months (and in fact has regressed in the past several weeks). According to his doctors, Adam will not progress further than where he is today, rather his condition is expected to deteriorate.

According to the neurosurgeon, even if they were successful in treating Adam's current infection, he will continue to get infections that will only get more and more severe and difficult to treat.

We also learned this week that Adam's EEG indicates that he has very little brain activity due to the severe brain damage he experienced, and it is not expected to repair itself.

Soon after Adam was admitted on May 2 Rondha and Laurie were forced to have the difficult conversation about what Adam would want for himself. While we knew Adam would choose life if given the choice, we also knew Adam would not choose to live in a coma unable to contribute to society in the way only Adam could.

This is only one of many heart wrenching conversations we have had since May. Yet we continue to believe this would be Adam’s wishes. The fact is, the kind-hearted, fun-loving Adam we've been so privileged to know and love has not been with us for 6 1/2 months, and we knew back in May, barring a miracle, that this Adam would not return to us. Our hope was that at least a part of Adam would return to us. But we know now that this is not possible.

We continue to be amazed by all of you. Your prayers and notes are what have kept us strong and able to continually advocate for Adam. There are no words to express our gratitude for your support these past 6 1/2 months.

The doctor's cannot tell us exactly how long it will be before Adam passes. There are too many variables. And a miracle is still possible.

Please continue to pray for Adam and all of us as we wrestle with our deep sadness and feelings of loss.

~Laurie

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