Amtrak Conductor Facing Long Road to Recovery

The Amtrak conductor shot last month on the station platform in Naperville, Illinois, remains hospitalized in stable, but critical condition, officials said this week.

Michael Case, 45, of Homewood, Illinois, underwent another surgery this week and a doctor said he may have to have future operations.

Dr. David Piazza, medical director of trauma surgery at Edward Hospital in Naperville, said Case faces a “long hard slog” as he recovers from a bullet wound to his abdomen.

“He’s going to be out of commission for six to nine months,” Piazza said at a news conference, referring to when Case will be able to leave the hospital.

Piazza said the bullet went through Case’s abdomen, penetrating his intestine, including a portion right below the stomach. Also damaged was the head of his pancreas.

Doctors also had to remove Case’s colon. “This is a very significant area to be injured,” Piazza said. “A lot of things come together at this site, including the contents from the stomach, the bile from the liver and the fluid from the pancreas.”

Case has been able to eat green gelatin and clear liquids, including ginger ale.

A 79-year-old Wisconsin man, Edward Klein, has been charged with attempted murder in connection with the shooting.

Klein is being held at the DuPage County jail in lieu of $1.5 million bail and has been ordered by a judge to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Prosecutors said Klein had become angry when Amtrak personnel would not let him disembark at Naperville. Klein was traveling on the Southwest Chief to Chicago from Kansas City.

Amtrak personnel aboard the train had become concerned with Klein’s behavior and well-being, hence their refusal to let him get off before Chicago Union Station.

Piazza said Case has been a good patient, describing him as pleasant, laid back and very conversive.

Several crowd-funding sites, such as GoFundMe, have been established to help Case and his family with medical and other expenses.

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