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Please Help with Amber’s Recovery

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Raised by 695 people in 1 month
Created May 18, 2018
Friends and love ones,

Please keep our dear Amber Kornak and her family in your thoughts and prayers. As those who know her may know, it has been Amber’s dream to work with grizzly bears. She recently accepted a seasonal position in Libby, Montana for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a Grizzly Bear Wildlife Technician.  

On the morning of Thursday, May 17th, 2018, while  working alone remotely in the Cabinet Mountains south of Libby, MT she was mauled by a bear, suffering 2 skull fractures as well as severe lacerations to her head, neck, and back. As the bear attacked her from behind she was able to reach her bear spray and spray the deterrent to ward off the bear, and also spraying herself. Amber's wildlife training skills kicked in, and she somehow managed to stay calm and hike 2 miles from the site of the attack to her work vehicle where she then drove to find help. 911 was called and she was driven to an ambulance, delivered to life flight, and flown to Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

Once arriving at the hospital, she endured 4 grueling hours of surgery to remove bone fragments and clean wounds to her brain. Metal plates and screws were placed on her skull and drains were placed in her brain to relieve brain swelling and drain fluid. The lacerations to her scalp, neck, and back were also debrided.

Her condition is now stable, and she is recovering in the ICU where they can keep her comfortable with pain medications and monitor her for seizures (from the brain swelling) and watch for signs of infection (from the extent of her wounds). 

Anyone who knows Amber knows that she is fierce, and will fight like hell to recover as quickly as possible. However, this has created quite an obstacle for her. Her family and friends are reaching out in order to help her with her monthly bills while she is out of work indefinitely. No donation is too small, and would be greatly appreciated along with your thoughts and prayers.

100% of proceeds  will go directly to Amber Kornak. 

I will do my best to continue providing necessary updates throughout Amber's recovery.

Thank you so much!

Jenna Hemer


Missoulian - FWP: Bear attacks woman in Cabinet Mountains

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AMBER IS HOME! She still has a long, tough road to recovery ahead of her, but she continues to amaze us and persevere.

We were shocked when her story made local news, then national news, and we certainly never expected it to get international news coverage. She has gained supporters worldwide from here in the United States, to the United Kingdom, Germany, New Zealand, and more.

Please continue to send love, prayers, good vibes, etc. her way as she aims to make a full recovery and get back to doing what she’s passionate about, working with grizzly bears and other wildlife!

We sincerely appreciate what you all have done for her, and cannot thank you all enough.

-Jenna
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Hi everyone!

Again, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the outpouring of support for Amber during her recovery.

I have no new updates on her condition other than the fact that she can’t wait to eat pizza...yep, that’s my girl!

Apparently, she has made national news coverage. Wow! We never expected that! With that being said, Amber is overwhelmed by all of the attention and would appreciate privacy in order to focus all of her attention on her recovery. Interviews have been granted only with her permission. I will continue to post updates through her GoFundMe page as necessary.

Lastly, here have been many questions/comments as to why I started this fundraiser to help Amber financially. I just want to clarify that because this event happened on the job, her medical bills will be covered by Workers’ Compensation 100%. However, because Amber, like many wildlife technicians, is a seasonal employee for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service she does not have benefits such as medical leave, disability, etc. to compensate her while she will be out of work during her extensive recovery. Therefore this campaign was started to help her with her monthly bills as she is unable to work indefinitely.

Thank you all!

Jenna
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Amber’s GoFundMe campaign has gotten media recognition! You all rock!

http://www.krtv.com/story/38232901/bear-attack-victim-still-hospitalized-in-kalispell
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