Chris Bowd is improving but cannot communicate yet

by on July 31, 2009 · 19 comments

in Health, Ocean Beach

We have seen the wonderful news about Chris Bowd from the comments left at a recent post on his condition – the news that he is breathing on his own, is very aware of his surroundings, plus it’s reported that he can move all his limbs. We’re told “he has been nodding and has even smiled.”  But he cannot speak yet.  Here’s the full quote from FMTR:

Chris is breathing on his own and will be released for rehabilitation on monday or tuesday. He is very aware of his surroundings and can move all limbs. He has been nodding and has even smiled. He is not able to speak yet but should be able to very soon once the endotracheal tube is removed.

Chris’ new condition was confirmed by local police.  Today (July 31) I spoke with Sgt John Berstline of the Western Division, San Diego Police Department, and he told me that Detective Patrick Hall has been aware of and up on Chris’ improvements and confirmed these improvements.  Hall is heading up the investigation into who injured Chris.

Sgt Berstline also told me Bowd cannot communicate and that they have learned nothing yet from Chris about what happened on July 4th.  Bowd had been knocked unconscious since the holiday and just recently awoke from a coma. Bowd cannot say, does not recall or cannot communicate anything about the events that left him with brain and facial injuries. Chris is not necessarily aware that a crime has occurred.

This must be good news for whoever did this to the OBcean. His injuries did not seem – at least from here on the sidelines – as being consistent with a fall or tumble from being drunk, etc.  Which implies that someone attacked him or beat him.

The police officer also said that they have spoken with people who saw Bowd that night, but have not spoken to anyone who was with him or saw him right after he was injured.  Police still do not know what happened during the incident.

Chris’ family, friends and all the people who have wished him well, some who don’t even know him, are genuinely gladened by this news from the hospital. Good things do happen in this world and this is one of them.  Get better Chris from all of us at the OB Rag blog.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Dave Gilbert July 31, 2009 at 5:21 pm

While it would be nice to find out what just happened on the night of the 4th, I think the main thing that’s important is Chris making a full recovery and it sounds like he’s making great progress towards that goal.

Still praying for the best!


Mark Banks a.k.a Thunderdrums July 31, 2009 at 7:54 pm

That is great news!!! Good to here chris is making good progress to a full recovery!! Keep sending positive vibes!!!!! ROCK ON CHRIS!!!!!!!!!


Jose Suris August 1, 2009 at 7:29 am

Chris was my next door neighbor until a few years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, no doubt. I must confess that I was completely unaware of this incident until last night, yet I keep up with local news un the U-T religiously. Maybe because I’ve been out of town for most of the month of July. Thank you Mr. Gormlie for keeping everyone abreast of his situation.


OBSteven August 1, 2009 at 10:42 am

Chris comes into OBC pretty regularly. He has a great sense of humor and really loves to laugh. I just can’t wait to see and hear him laugh again. Keep working hard Chris.


Sonny Loveless August 1, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Its been a long time .I am glad to hear that you are doing better . I could not belive it when mark and brett told me . I wish you the best to a full recovery , Keep it up.


Molly Bowd August 2, 2009 at 10:45 am

Oh, how wonderful to read all the positive comments regardig Chris. As you guessed from the name, I am his mum and as you can imagine, have been at his bedside constantly. Thank you, Frank, for keeping the blog going!


Reesa August 2, 2009 at 1:25 pm

I hope you are holding up well Mrs. Bowd. I have been meaning to call you again this week. Please let us know if there is any way we can help, or if he is up to having me as a steady visitor for awhile in rehabilitation. Just say the word, and I’ll be there.

For now, this blog and the many updates brought forth by OB Rag have been very helpful to us.

Brett and I are so grateful to Chris’ friends and others who have prayed for Chris, and held positive thoughts for him.


john warner August 4, 2009 at 6:12 am

Yeah! nice! chris if you read this see you in october


César Sánchez-Galeana August 5, 2009 at 9:18 am

Dear Chris:

You are a brilliant scientist and a better friend. Thanks to you my post Doc appointment at the Glaucoma Center, UCSD was a incredible learning experience. I am convinced you will raise and continue with your and acomplish your dreams. You are in my prayers and look forward to see you completely restablished.

All the best,

César Sánchez-Galeana, MD


RickPiranha August 5, 2009 at 10:59 am

Chris is doing very good, yesterday he was very alert able to write in paper answers to questions this is significant improvement. Police is keeping in touch with family and progress on Dr. Bowd. I know everyone wants to know what happens but is unknown at this time.The family concern and most important thing now is that he is getting better day by day. He is getting full support from family and friends to make sure that his personal finances are up to date. His job; co-workers, colleagues and friends are patiently waiting for his full recovery. From work he is getting pictures of friends greeting cards to trigger his memory and lots of attention meals for his mom. If anyone wants to send greeting cards, photos etc… Please send to Po Box 92877 San Diego CA. 92192. We will make sure he receive and read it. Spread the word…


Dennis Fassett August 6, 2009 at 11:08 am

I am listning to Chris’s favorite band the Clash everyday in his honer. Can’t wait till he is back in OB!!!!


Debbie and Rob Hovell August 6, 2009 at 11:34 am

Thinking of you always and waiting for you Chris to make recovery as speedily as it is possible – always in our thoughts and although many miles away modern technology allows us to keep in touch.
Thanks to everyone. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
PS Love to Molly


Reesa August 6, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Chris, I hope you’ll soon have your laptop there and get a chance to read some of this blog.

I’ve been listening to the Budgie cd you sent me, and dreaming of our future marital bliss. Haha, a little inside humour there for ya.

Hofstad called Brett yesterday, and gave us an update.
Thanks again RickPiranha for your updates and that address.

I wish you well my friend.


Joyce August 8, 2009 August 8, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Everyone is praying for your full recovery and from what you Mom has told me yesterday, you are well on your way —- I’m so very, very happy about that.

Per Chris’s mom, for all of his wonderful, concerned friends here is the address so you can send him cards to wish him well and a speedy recovery!

Christopher Bowd Sub/Acute
Villa Pomerado
15615 Pomerado Rd.
Poway, CA 92064

His Mom and I will be going down to see him this Monday, Aug. 10.

Since I’m not so great on the computer I hope all of this comes through!
My thoughts and prayers are always with you Chris.


RickPiranha August 12, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Chris is now recuperating very rapidly,and now able to talk… Yeah.. He is been visited by all his closest friends and colleagues. He is soon going to next level of rehab. About himself he is definitely upset about the the trauma, and want to return to his home and life desperately. He just have to be patient until the rehabilitation program is over and physicians on his care release him. But this is great news for all of us. Thanks for keeping this alive keep checking for more progress. Frank once again thanks for your support hopefully soon you be able to speak to Chris personally. OB Rag rules spread the word.


Joyce D. August 16, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I’m so happy to hear that Chris has regained consciousness, and is improving. I would have written something sooner, but I wasn’t sure how to do it! Very best wishes to Chris and Molly!


lane tobias August 16, 2009 at 10:48 pm

i just read above that chris’s favorite band is the clash. thats really cool. even though i dont know you, when you get back into town id like to buy you a beer and discuss.

wishing you a quick recovery.


Cuss Varmint August 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm

hey all. thanks for the great support. here’s some news… i’m physically/mentally 85-90% and out of the hospital system (as of today, after several weeks in ICU and a handful of surgeries). i am now searching diligently for an attempted murder/assault with intent to kill suspect. if you can provide any useful info on this topic, please contact Sgt John Berstline of the western division, san diego police department or detective Patrick Hall. thanks! chris-


Rodney Ruth March 4, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Wow!!! News travels slowly. I am Chris`s childhood buddy from West Covina.
It is now March 2013, I decided to Google his name, and I couldn`t believe what
I was reading. Chris, if you read this, I just want to say that I hope you have
fully recovered. I hope the cops have gotten off the stick and found these guys.
We had some good times as kids. I hope you are well now, and able to have
more good times in life.

Your Old Buddy Rod.


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