Monday, September 7, 2009


Good Morning, Bloggers.

Allan's dad Mark, who stayed with him in the hospital last night, just called to give me an update on Allan's condition: he has been stable all night and is still improving. Allan's second surgery to repair the bullet's damage will be some time today based on the emergency surgery schedule. Please keep him your prayers, as he still has a long road ahead of him.

If you are interested in receiving updates on Allan's status, I will be tweeting updates that auto update my facebook page. I am making both mine and Allan's profiles on Twitter and Facebook private, as I do not want the news outlets using this information. So, please follow me or send me a friend request and if I know how who you are or if you explain to me who you are, I will let you follow the updates. I am hoping that this will all blow over and I can once again make my tweets/updates public.

Last night WCCO, a local news outlet, specifically Maya Nishikawa, one of their resporters, went against our wishes and used Allan's name and facebook profile photo on the lead story of the evening news along with:
  • Giving an incorrect update on his status (the opposite of what was true)
  • Recounting a false account of what ensued at our home
  • Interviewing our neighbors
  • Stopping by my HOUSE when my parents were there picking up some of my belongings
  • Calling our family, friends and the hospital repeatedly
If the reporters and news outlets would really like Allan to get better and keep this sort of thing from happening to someone else, they should be respect our privacy and the delicate nature of this ongoing investigation. The hospital staff is not there to be give you an update on Allan's status every hour on the hour, they are supposed to be ensuring that sick people get better - let them do their job.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Maria and Allan,

    As a valued member of our local design community, we are saddened to learn the tragic news about Allan. We want you to know that he is in our thoughts.

    If there is anything we can do anything for you and your family at this very difficult time, please let us know.

    On behalf of our entire AIGA Minnesota Board and community, we wish Allan a speedy recovery.

    Christina Jackson, President
    AIGA Minnesota
    the professional association for design