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Couple Injured in San Leandro Gunbattle Crash May Be Separated in Recovery

Man remains in critical condition; family sets up fundraising page to allow wife to stay in same hospital

A couple who was seriously injured last week when a car fleeing a shootout crashed head-on into their vehicle in San Leandro remained hospitalized Sunday, and now their family is fighting to keep them in the same facility.

On Sunday, Paul and Susan Doran's family set up a fundraising page to help with medical costs after they were informed by their Kaiser insurance provider that it would not pay for Susan's surgery if she continued to stay at Highland Hospital instead of transferring to Kaiser Hospital Oakland.

"These are good people; they don't deserve what happened to them," said Bridger Doran, the couple's daughter-in-law.

The Dorans were driving in their Toyota Prius on Thursday afternoon when they were hit head-on by a Nissan Altima in the 300 block of Dowling Boulevard. San Leandro police said the Altima was involved in a shootout with another vehicle before the crash.

Police released a surveillance photo of a black minivan they believe is the other vehicle involved in the shooting and crash, and they said finding the other suspects is their top priority.

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Screen shot of surveillance video showing suspect minivan.

Meanwhile, Paul Doran has been in critical condition since being hospitalized Thursday. He suffered severe injuries to his upper body, and his heart had stopped, according to his family. He was placed in a medically induced coma and unable to communicate, except by squeezing his wife's hand, the family said.

"It's important for her to be by his side as much as possible," Bridger Doran said. "He's in there fighting for his life at this moment, and Susan is his lifeline."

Susan Doran suffered broken bones and torn ligaments in her arm, leg, ribs and spine, family members said.

On Monday, Kaiser officials indicated a change of heart about separating the injured couple.

The fundraising site had collected nearly $5,500 in donations toward a $20,000 goal as of Monday evening.

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