Late last week Andrew Oberle, a Texas graduate student studying chimpanzees in South Africa, suffered an attack when he was mauled by the very animals he was studying. Doctors say that Oberle is still in a drug induced coma, fighting for survival, at a private hospital in Nelspruit. The Reimherrs have started a Facebook page with a donation link, where they will continue to update the public on Oberle's condition.
"Andrew was meant to work with animals, Marissa Reimherr said. "This is what he loves to do. I know Andy, and I know that he will continue his work when he recovers. Yes, this is tragic, but Andy will not see this as a tragedy; he will see it as an opportunity."
A tearful, but hopeful Mr. Reimherr reiterates his wife's comments:
"Animals are his passion, and there is nothing that makes him happier. He will never stop; that's what makes him an inspiration to everyone around him."
"We are asking people to donate anything they can," Anthony Reimherr told us in a statement, "Andy is a fighter, he's made it this far, and I know he will not give up...In addition to monetary support, the Reimherrs are also asking that people send prayers and leave encouraging messages on the Facebook page.
For more information on how to help, contact David Reimherr at 512-422-2576.
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