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Man injured in confrontation on student trip recovering in hospital

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The Winnipeg family of the man shot when he confronted armed robbers in the Dominican Republic last week says Les Grant Lehmann is recovering in hospital.

"It is a miracle," said his daughter-in-law Eugenia (Geni) Lehmann.

"The doctors in the Dominican Republic have never seen anyone survive nine gun shots."

His family has set up a web page, donatetoles.com, to help pay for the 64-year-old’s medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Early Friday, Lehmann suffered gunshot wounds, extensive blood loss, a broken knee and a shattered arm when he confronted two robbers at an apartment complex he manages and where students from the Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine on a humanitarian mission were staying. Four girls and their female teacher were briefly held at gunpoint.

All 26 members of a humanitarian mission involving two Francophone schools in Ste. Anne and St. Jean Baptiste on a school trip arrived back in Winnipeg at 5 a.m. Saturday and the division is reviewing the annual humanitarian mission to the Dominican Republic.

Lehmann, who is going to need reconstructive surgery on his arm and leg shattered by gunshot wounds, is waiting for the OK from his doctors so he and his wife Lynda can return to Canada, said his daughter-in-law.

The web page says there has been an "overwhelming response" from people in the Dominican Republic who have donated blood for his recovery. He will require more type O+ blood for more surgeries in the weeks to come. For the last six years, Lehmann has hosted a Canadian humanitarian group that volunteers at a nearby orphanage and school.

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Updated on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:19 PM CST: Fixes typo in headline.

1:05 PM: Corrects victim's first name.

6:08 PM: Corrects reference to victim's last name.

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