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SE Portland biker in Coma from collision

On Monday, July 14th 2008 Karl Hugo was in a serious bicycle collision with a truck in the intersection of SE 50th and Lincoln, a well traveled bike route for SE Portland cyclists. Karl was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in SW Portland where he arrived in a coma, with one collapsed lung, and severe trauma to the Thalamus region of his brain.
On Monday, July 14th 2008 Karl Hugo was in a serious bicycle collision with a truck in the intersection of SE 50th and Lincoln, a well traveled bike route for SE Portland cyclists. Karl was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in SW Portland where he arrived in a coma, with one collapsed lung, and severe trauma to the Thalamus region of his brain.


He is currently receiving quality care at OHSU where doctors say he still has the potential to recover fully. Karl's friends, family and SE Portland neighbors have come together in support of his wife Raquel and 3 year old daughter Lula. They all send prayers and the best of intentions to Karl as they wait for his return.

Raquel and Karl are husband and wife, mama and papa, co-teachers and partners. In their design business, Urban Opposite, they work side by side designing educational play environments for children and adults. Prior to the establishment of their business Karl was the exhibit designer for The Portland Children's Museum, responsible for the design of The Dorthia Lynch Memorial Children's Theatre, Building Bridgetown, Kids Care and Dig Pit exhibits. There in the spaces he created are Raquel's mural art and color. The children you find playing in the environments they created are an expression of the spirit they had in making them.

Their professional partnership has been dedicated to the enrichment of children and families, including their own.

They are currently in the middle of two large design projects and are in a difficult place financially, with the cost of medical care and the absence of Karl as business partner. They, like so many, do not have health insurance so any financial support you can offer would greatly help this beautiful family.

please visit  http://www.hugotribe.com for ways to donate or send a message to the family.

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I am curious.. 25.Jul.2008 14:19

Mike

I am really sorry to hear about this. I am sending Karl my prayers right now. Was he wearing a helmet at the time of the collision? I'm just curious to know. I wear a helmet, I wonder how well it would work in something like this. Thanks,

Mike

My Hopes and Preys 26.Jul.2008 09:58

Not a Good Queer Lisaiacuzzi@yahoo.com

I hope for your speedy recovery. It is tragic to have ones life change so quickly. I prey for you to be united to your family. I do not understand what it is going to take for bikes to feel safe on the road.

It is irrelevant wheter you were wearing a helmet or not. I think the last writer was rather shaming. The accident is a situation that makes everyone stop and realize how lucky they are to have their health. I am so sorry for what has happened to you. I wish you speedy rcovery.

Not a Good Queer

Visiting from OK. 26.Jul.2008 12:09

T. Bradley

Am so sorry to read about your son,we wish him a speedy recovery. We're here visiting our son, he lives here now. He was involved in a car / bike accident Thursday night. He did survive but has some serious injuries. I feel your pain, hang in there, stay w/ him, talk too him, tell him how much you love him. Its the best you can do.

response 29.Jul.2008 17:42

Mike

I guess what I meant by my helmet comment was that I feel really sad and disappointed when I hear about bikers badly injured or killed who weren't wearing helmets. I wonder weather helmets would have changed things in these cases. I am car-free and get around by bike, and I care about the well being of other bikers.

I understand that getting to the root of the problem means less/no cars where we can bike and walk more safely even without helmets, AND I see that the current reality is that we can protect ourselves a bit better by wearing helmets. Of course, I don't know the statistics, but I am assuming that one is safer with a helmet.

ANyhow, I didn't mean to be shameful at all, saying that it's the biker's fault for not wearing a helmet. I was really just trying to express my caring and concern on the issue of bike safety. I see many bikers riding without helmets AND blowing through 2 WAY stops, etc. it's not something i'd feel safe doing.