Out for a short hike on the afternoon of Friday May 20, Amber fell nearly 100ft onto an unforgiving rock ledge. She fractured her back in three places, crushed her pelvis, broke her nose, and sustained multiple other injuries. After lying in the open for more than 24 hours without food, water, or cell service she was rescued from a cliff Saturday night and evacuated to Intermountain Healthcare in St George, UT.
This life-changing accident occurred during a volunteer trip to the Best Friends Animal Society in Utah. Since childhood, animals and the outdoors have played a vital role in Amber's life. As a nurse in the Cardiovascular Surgical ICU at the Mayo Clinic, Amber's dedication to caring for others is apparent to anyone who meets her. This trip gave her the ability to combine these passions and give back to the animals that she cares so much about.
With such significant injuries, it is unclear when she will be able to return to her loving family in the Midwest to heal and rehab. Certainly, it will be many months before she can return to work. All donations received will be used for medical, travel, possible rescue fees, and any other unexpected expenses she may encounter. While she is a Mayo employee, she on her parent's insurance, which will not cover transport home.
She is far away from her family, friends, and her beloved animals. With this campaign, we hope to lessen the financial burden faced by both Amber and her family. Thank you for your donation.