Paul Johnston, 95, Leaves OHSU Hospital Following Car Crash Last Month

08/08/00    Portland, Ore.

Wife Lula Johnston, 94, Continues to Recover at OHSU.

On Tuesday, Aug. 8 at approximately 9:30 a.m., Paul Johnston, 95, was released from OHSU Hospital. He and his wife Lula, 94, were involved in a head-on collision on July 18 on Highway 99E south of Checkerboard Road. Paul suffered a broken neck, fractured leg, fractured wrist, fractured hip and a closed head injury. Lula remains at OHSU Hospital in serious condition. She has several broken ribs, a broken arm and a broken knee.

The couple first met and dated while attending a small college in Idaho 75 years ago. They drifted apart, but then reunited and married in June of this year. Lula has three children. Paul has four.

According to Donald Trunkey, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University, the two continue to make an impressive recovery. "This is a couple that is clearly in love," said Trunkey. "The unifying factor throughout their time at OHSU has been the care and support of our nursing staff."

Paul has been released to a rehabilitation facility in Mount Angel where he will continue to recover. His family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of OHSU Hospital for their care and support.

Editors: A videotape of Paul's release can be obtained by contacting University News and Publications at 503 494-8231. Still photos of the release are being made available through the Associated Press.