A missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Hyde Park has been hit by a bus in Brazil and is currently in a medically-induced coma. “Elder Britten Steven Schenk, 20, from Hyde Park, Utah serving in the Brazil Sao Paulo East mission, was struck by a bus on 16 March 2012 while waiting on the sidewalk to cross the street,” LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter says in a prepared statement. “He underwent emergency neurosurgery to relieve the swelling of the brain. Elder Schenk’s parents have flown to Brazil to consult with doctors and to be with their son at this critical time. Our prayers are with him, his family and friends.” Elder Schenk’s family has updated his blog
about his condition.
<a href=”http://melgfunk.blogspot.com/2012/03/elder-britten-schenk.html”>Another family blog</a>
states that surgery was done on Friday and doctor’s initially gave Elder Schenk a 40% chance of recovery. Schenk is a 2009 graduate of Mountain Crest High School. Dozens of messages of support and concern have been posted on Britten’s Facebook page.