|Matthew Schuman, the only survivor of a deadly armoured car robbery at the University of Alberta, has awoken from an induced coma. (Handout)
EDMONTON — The security guard who survived the deadly armoured car robbery at the University of Alberta earlier this month has awoken from an induced coma and can communicate, his family says.
In a statement released to Global News on Monday, Matthew Schuman's fiancee Jennifer said he's been moved out of the intensive care unit placed in a monitoring ward.
"He recognizes his family and was overwhelmed with joy to see our two-year old son for the first time last night since the incident," Jennifer said.
"He was eagerly attentive when our son attempted to describe a new toy he received. Matthew's communication skills are limited, but we do understand each other."
On June 15, Schuman was one of five G4S security guards working on an exchange of funds inside a bank machine vault at the University of Alberta's HUB Mall and residence shortly after midnight.
At some point during the exchange, guards Michelle Shegelski, 26, Brian Ilesic, 35 and Eddie Rejano, 39 were shot and killed. Fellow G4S guard Travis Baumgartner, 21, was arrested at the U.S. border after leading police on a 36-hour manhunt.
Schuman survived a gunshot to the head and underwent life-saving surgery that very day, Jennifer said. He was then placed in an induced coma.
Since doctors woke him up on the morning of June 19, Schuman has been eating and is undergoing physiotherapy to restore his motor skills.
The Schuman family thanked the medical staff at the University Hospital for their care as well as Det. Rob Mills for his work on the case.
"Our family is truly appreciative of the public's ongoing support and our focus now is on Matthew's recovery, as we try to restore a sense of normality in our lives," Jennifer said.
Baumgartner is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and four counts of robbery with a firearm.