Winnipeg man shot protecting students in DR returns home
Les Lehmann on a long road to recovery, family says
A Winnipeg man who was shot and wounded in the Dominican Republic recently is back in Manitoba.
Les Lehmann, who manages an apartment complex in Puerto Plata, tried to fight off thieves who broke in last month, a day after a group of Manitoba students had arrived for a humanitarian project.
The 64-year-old man took a bat to the culprits, and was shot nine times.
The students and their chaperones, who were unhurt, returned to Manitoba the next day.
His daughter-in-law, Eugenia Lehmann, said he is back in Winnipeg receiving medical care.
She said he "still has a long way to go," in his recovery.
"It will be many months before we know for certain if there are any long-lasting effects," she said, in an email to CBC.
"Now Les is faced with the long term effects of his selfless actions and his own desire to live and fully recovery from this ordeal," she said.
Eugenia said the amount of support Les and the family have received since he was wounded has been overwhelming.
Here's an excerpt from her email about her father-in-law's return:
"People from all over the world have supported and sent messages wishing him well and admiring his actions. It is a story of sacrifice, pride, selflessness, strength, determination, life, and love for your fellow human. I am in awe of this heroic man and his story, as are so many other people all over the world. The feedback we are getting is that this story has moved and changed humanity. It has altered the way we think about ourselves and our lives, in a way that cannot be explained. I just hope that the story continues to be told so that many more people can also experience the power within it."