Mauling victim improves, faces more surgery

Julia O'Malley

A woman who was mauled by a bear Wednesday at the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge is improving, her mother said this morning.

Abi Sisk, 21, has been moved out of the critical care unit at Providence Alaska Medical Center and will undergo surgery for a broken jaw on Saturday.

Sisk was hospitalized Wednesday night after an attack by a brown bear at the lodge in Cooper Landing. Her scalp was torn and some of the tissue has died, which could mean several surgeries and grafting procedures will be needed to repair the damage, said her mother, Tammy Sisk.

"God's been very good to us," she said. "We' re just going to see how things go."

This morning, Abi was eating and talking, her mother said. Doctors will likely send her outside for further procedures, possibly to Portland or Salt Lake City.

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