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Injured elder transferred to extended-care facility

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Elder Orin Voorheis, the LDS missionary from Pleasant Grove who was shot by robbers in Argentina, has been transferred to an extended-care facility in Utah County. He remains in a coma and the prognosis is not encouraging.

Voorheis was wounded in the head April 9. Late in the month, after he was stabilized, philanthropist Jon Huntsman lent his private jet and crew so Voorheis could be returned to Utah. The 19-year-old was admitted to University Hospital, where he underwent treatment for severe pneumonia he had contracted in Buenos Aires.On Thursday Voorheis, who no longer requires intensive care, was transferred to a long-term care facility closer to his family in Utah County.

"He is in satisfactory condition and is extremely stable but continues to be in a comatose state," said neurosurgeon Richard H. Schmidt, his physician.

Voorheis shows little movement except for some involuntary reflexes. He continues to require total nursing care. He opens his eyes and looks around, but doctors say he shows no evidence of awareness.

"His family has been very attentive in providing him with support and simulation in an effort to draw him out of his deep coma. His long-term prospects for recovery are still very guarded," Schmidt said.