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By Jason Adkins, Published July 29 2009

Injured Mahnomen County deputy undergoing another surgery

The Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy who was shot in the line of duty in February is scheduled to undergo surgery this morning to replace a shunt that hasn’t been functioning properly.

Christopher Dewey is currently in the intensive care unit at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo.

The shunt is designed to relieve pressure inside Dewey's cranium.

His wife Emily, in a post to Chris Dewey's Caring Bridge journal at www.caringbridge.org/visit/chrisdewey said that Chris has been "storming", which is an aggravated stress response common in patients with brain injury that is characterized by a combination of high fever, blood pressure and pulse rate. She said that Chris had been storm-free for several days last week.

Emily Dewey also said that Chris Dewey hasn't spoken in more than a week, possibly caused by the increased intracranial pressure due to the shunt not working properly.

A CT scan Monday showed a marked increase in his hydrocephalus, known as water on the brain that explains the increased pressure on Chris Dewey's cranium, according to Emily Dewey.