WKU professor stuck in Vietnam for months after accident

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- A WKU professor is currently stranded in Vietnam, and has been for months after suffering a serious accident.

Sociology professor, Dr. Ed Bohlander, recently made his dream of going to Vietnam come true.

"It was kind of a dream that he wanted more than anything to travel to Vietnam," said Gretchen LaGodna, Ed's sister.

It was the day before coming back to America when Dr. Bohlander slipped and fell, hitting his head on the floor.

"I was slapping him in the face, and couldn't get him to get up. He was unconscious until the paramedics got there," said Will Bohlander, his son.

After several medical procedures, Dr. Bohlander went into a coma and hasn't been out since.

"I still find it so hard to believe that a simple accident has caused so much trouble," said Will.

Now the family struggles to find a way to transport Dr. Bohlander back home from across the world.

"Being on the other side of the globe and being cut off in that way, it's just, I think all of us feel so helpless," said Will.

The family expressed their frustration which has led to no signs of hope.

"We have come to terms with how hard it is, to lose him," said Will.

In the middle of talking with Will, his mother posted an update on Facebook.

"I can't believe it, that's incredible," Will exclaimed, reading his mother's status.

The time in Vietnam was 1 a.m. -- Will called his mother to confirm their insurance had finally approved having his father be transported by air ambulance.

"They'll go ahead and do it -- it's the first time that the insurance company has actually said they will do it," he said.

After soaking in the good news, Will stared into his dad's office of 43 years, seeing a glimmer of hope.

"I can't believe it. I hope it actually pulls through, hope it actually pulls through all the way," said Will.

Dr. Bohlander is retired, but still teaches some classes.​ You can donate to the family's medical expenses here.

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