Tullier family selects Texas hospital for rehabilitation
BATON ROUGE - Eventually, injured East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy Nick Tullier will be admitted into a Texas rehab facility, his father told WBRZ News 2 Monday.
The family just learned the news earlier in the evening. Tullier's transfer from Our Lady of the Lake hospital in Baton Rouge won't be immediate, though. Tullier remains in the hospital in Baton Rouge. When his condition allows, Tullier will be transferred to TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston.
The hospital is ranked second in the nation. Tullier's father, James, said they selected TIRR after discussing options with the president and vice president's doctors. Both President Obama and Vice President Biden have shared medical information with the Tullier family after meeting the family on separate visits to Baton Rouge.
James Tullier said Monday, doctors associated with the nation's leaders, TIRR's closeness to Baton Rouge where family lives and its proximity and medical connections with hospitals in the Houston area helped him make the decision about rehabilitation care for Nick.
Nick Tullier was shot in an ambush in July that killed three law enforcement officers - two Baton Rouge Police officers and a sheriff's deputy. Tullier was shot three times - in the abdominal area, head and upper arm.
James Tullier regularly posts updates about his son's condition on the Nick Tullier Strong Facebook page.
The Tullier family remains optimistic about Nick's recovery.
"Every day, to us, has been a miracle." James Tullier said in an interview with WBRZ news anchor Michael Shingleton, the first since the shooting. "He wasn't suppose to live longer than a day. Then he wasn't suppose to live longer than two days. Then five days. Then it became a 21 day forecast."
The family asks for continued prayers.
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