Bellevue Bear-Mauling Victim Describes Ordeal - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Bellevue Bear-Mauling Victim Describes Ordeal

SEATTLE (AP) - Bellevue City Councilman John Chelminiak says he wouldn't let the bear keep him on the ground when he was attacked near his vacation cabin at Lake Wenatchee.

Wearing a hospital gown and bandages, Chelminiak talked to reporters Wednesday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he has had five surgeries since the Sept. 17 attack.

Chelminiak says to survive he felt he had to stand and fight, so he kept forcing his way back up. He made it back to his driveway where his wife found him and their daughter called 911.

Dr. Matt Klein says parts of Chelminiak's face and scalp were hanging off and he suffered significant injuries. Doctors had to remove his left eye. Klein says Chelminiak should otherwise fully recover.
      
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