American Student in Critical Condition After Chimp Attack - Friends Speak Out and Seek Assistance for Victim and Family

Late last week Andrew Oberle, a Texas graduate student studying chimpanzees in South Africa, suffered an attack when he was mauled by the very animals he was studying. His family and friends ask for assistance and donations, noting that anything helps.

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Andrew in his element, studying chimps in South Africa

"Andrew was meant to work with animals...This is what he loves to do. I know Andy, and I know that he will continue his work when he recovers. Yes, this is tragic, but Andy will not see this as a tragedy; he will see it as an opportunity."

San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) July 02, 2012

Friends and Family of a Man Critically Injured in Vicious Chimp Attack Seek Assistance

Friends of Andrew Oberle, the 26 year old American graduate student who was attacked by two chimpanzees late last week, gathered in San Antonio, Texas today to raise much needed funds for Oberle's medical care and his family's travel expenses.

Oberle's roommates, best friends, and the organizers of today's event, Anthony and Marissa Reimherr, are asking that people around the world send any support they can to help this young man and his family.

"Outside of my wife, Marissa, and my family, Andrew is the most important person in my life," Anthony Reimherr said. " He is the strongest, most special person I've ever known and he needs all the support we can give right now."

Andrew, a student of the University of Texas in San Antonio, Texas was working on his masters degree in anthropology, and studying primates at Chimp Eden Sanctuary in Nelspruit, South Africa when the attack occurred on Thursday, June 28th.

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Doctors say that Oberle is still in a drug induced coma, fighting for survival, at a private hospital in Nelspruit. The Reimherrs have started a Facebook page with a donation link, where they will continue to update the public on Oberle's condition.

"Andrew was meant to work with animals, Marissa Reimherr said. "This is what he loves to do. I know Andy, and I know that he will continue his work when he recovers. Yes, this is tragic, but Andy will not see this as a tragedy; he will see it as an opportunity."

A tearful, but hopeful Mr. Reimherr reiterates his wife's comments:

"Animals are his passion, and there is nothing that makes him happier. He will never stop; that's what makes him an inspiration to everyone around him."

Click here for updates and information on how to donate: http:// http://www.FaceBook.com/HelpAndrewOberle

"We are asking people to donate anything they can," Anthony Reimherr told us in a statement, "Andy is a fighter, he's made it this far, and I know he will not give up. We will not give up on him." In addition to monetary support, the Reimherrs are also asking that people send prayers and leave encouraging messages on the Facebook page.

For more information on how to help, contact David Reimherr at 512-422-2576.