SALEM, Ohio – More than three weeks after 78-year-old Robert Kline was attacked in his pasture by a ram, he remains in critical condition.
The ram attacked Kline and his wife, Virginia, Oct. 22 at their small farm in Knox County. Although they were both unconscious when family arrived, Virginia was released from the hospital within days.
Robert, however, suffered severe head trauma, collapsed lungs and broken ribs and is still at Ohio State University Medical Center.
Recovery? Their son, Bill Kline, said he’s “cautiously optimistic” about his father’s recovery.
“It’s a waiting game,” he said. “It’s going to be a long recuperation.”
The ram belonged to the Klines, however another farmer had recently used it for breeding.
Bill Kline said he isn’t sure why the animal attacked his parents, but supposes it was because rams can be territorial during the breeding season.
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