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Title: Don't mess with bears
Source: americanshootingjournal
URL Source: http://americanshootingjournal.com/ ... es-bear-attack-but-loses-face/
Published: May 21, 2018
Author: americanshootingjournal
Post Date: 2018-05-21 10:49:54 by no gnu taxes
Keywords: None
Views: 440
Comments: 14

Wes Perkins was the luckiest man to walk the earth, this guy survived the most gruesome bear attack ever. The bear attack was so horrific, hard to look at or to think about. The following is a story from Anchorage Daily News about survival, incredible willpower, and how the unbelievable can become the truth.

Wes Perkins is from Alaska, and he knows how lucky he is. Life is good, but it will never be the same after the unfortunate bear attack that nearly cost him his life. After 26 surgeries and more than $1 million accumulated in medical expenses later, Wes is getting along. He’s not the man he once was, but he’s still very appreciative to be alive.

According to Anchorage Daily News,

“Wes Perkins is whole in body and still badly disfigured. There is no gentle way to describe his condition. Doctors had to use part of his fibula to create a jaw to replace what the bear ripped off of his face. He still has a tube in his throat. His left eye, which sees only light and dark, weeps constantly. And probably worst of all, for a man who always loved to talk, he is now hard to understand because he speaks with only half a tongue.”

So how did this nightmare of situation come about? It was essentially a bear hunt gone bad, a routine and pleasant hunt that took a turn for the worse when Perkins came across the wrong bear at the wrong time.

Rather than fleeing like most usually do, the bear fed into it’s fighting instinct, as it likely felt threatened. It turned out to be bad news for Perkins.

Perkins, who is a trained paramedic, recalls the attack vividly. He was quoted in the interview with Anchorage Daily News:

“I had to dig stuff out of (my) airway to breathe,” he wrote. “If I was unconscious, I would have died. Also, (as) long as I lay still just right I was able to keep my airway open. I could not move my face sideways or my airway would close. I know if I lost consciousness, I would probably die. So I stayed alert all the way (to Nome), and I could squeeze the hands of my two partners when they asked me questions.”

His partners were Dan Stang, a Nome dentist, and his son, Edward, a student in dentistry school at the time. They shot the 8-foot-tall, 13-year-old grizzly bear off of Perkins, which was the first action made that lead to survival of Wes. That act was accompanied by many others that have allowed Perkins to carry on with life.

And that is the amazing part of this story. A team effort and incredible will power of a human to survive is what helped create this rescue and survival of epic proportions.

Here’s more from the Anchorage Daily News,

Even as the Stangs began life-saving first aid, they were radioing for help from Nome, a community far from anywhere at the tip of the Seward Peninsula jutting into the sea closer to Russia than Anchorage, the urban hub of the 49th state.

Perkins’ brother Nate made the radio call. He didn’t call Alaska State Troopers and wait for others to act. He pretty much single-handedly organized a rescue to lift his brother from the wilderness of the Kigluaik Mountains, about 30 miles east of this small community. “Ace chopper pilot Ben Rowe saved his life,” Nate said at the time, but Rowe was only one of the many who combined to save then 54 year old Wes. Rowe was in the air only minutes after taking a phone call from Nate. As he flew, others were rolling into action, too.

Wes, the Survivor Wes is getting along as best as he can.

Four months after the attack, Wes is able to get around on his own, but is far from being back to life as he knew it. Everything he consumes comes from a blender now, but its better than being underground. Every day is a day of improvement, and medical staff members are still working on getting him back to his best state.

The detail and information found inside this story will blow your mind. Some of it is extremely gruesome and vivid. “Extraordinary” and “incredible” are the only two words fitting enough to describe the miracle that happened.

Wes wants everyone to be careful, and to remember wild animals are not your friends. They are not good or bad, they are simply wild animals, and that is something to be remembered.

“Some think I was taking pictures,” he wrote. “I did not know the bear was 69 feet away in a snow cave. I would not get 69 feet from a bear in the zoo.

“I had a camera in my pocket, snowgo jacket. So when I stopped, I thought the bear was ahead of me. We saw it had been running. So I stopped to take camera out of pocket and put it in my dash bag as I could shoot the gun.”

The bear attacked as he was doing that.

“I turned and saw the bear, full charge,” he wrote. “I only had time to say, ‘Oh shit!’ But I got (my) gun 1/2 way off my back . . . When I turned around, the bear was that close. I had no time to do anything. Nine steps from 69 feet, according to Fish and Game. Big bear.”

Perkins, who spent his life in Alaska, has a fair bit of experience around grizzlies, but added, “I never had one hide like this one!” What followed after it burst from a snow cave has been an experience he couldn’t imagine in his worst nightmares. (1 image)

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#1. To: no gnu taxes (#0)

Wow. "The Revenant" redux.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2018-05-21   12:12:50 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: no gnu taxes (#0)

I am asking these questions because I don't know,but is there some valid reason they couldn't have done a bone graft from a cadaver for his jaw,or just made him one from plastic and steel?

Same for his tongue. Why would it be so hard to use a cadaver tongue to replace all or part of his,given the incredible surgery possible these days?

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-05-21   13:44:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Hank Rearden (#1) (Edited)

Little did he know that when he went bear hunting that he would meet up with a Grizzly that decided to go people hunting.

ANY time you have a physical encounter with a Grizzly Bear you are lucky to survive it. I remember a guy in Colorado that survived an attack by a grown grizzly bear and even managed to kill it with his knife after the bear grabbed him. This came as a shock to everyone because nobody had seen a grizzly in the wild in Colorado since the 1800's. I remember reading in the paper there was some suspicion the man knew the bear was there and was hunting it with a bow because the dead bear had an arrow or two in it. Never did hear more about the case,though.

I will add that if that guy lived to recover and walk out of the hospital,he is NOT somebody you want to challenge in a bar fight while liquored up. He just ain't got no "quit" in him.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-05-21   13:49:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: no gnu taxes (#0)

Face of hillary - obomba

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PosT civilizaTion vicTims - freaks

Embracing Their survival

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If you ... don't use exclamation points --- you should't be typeing ! Commas - semicolons - question marks are for girlie boys !

BorisY  posted on  2018-05-21   16:09:12 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Hank Rearden (#1)

Wow. "The Revenant" redux.

In addition to the mauling, are you saying he was also raped?

misterwhite  posted on  2018-05-21   17:02:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: sneakypete (#2)

but is there some valid reason they couldn't have done a bone graft from a cadaver for his jaw,

Most people don't think of it as such, but bone is living tissue. I don't know how long it can live without a blood supply but dead bone is worthless... unless your doctor's last name begins with the letter "F".

Pinguinite  posted on  2018-05-21   17:12:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Pinguinite (#6)

Most people don't think of it as such, but bone is living tissue. I don't know how long it can live without a blood supply but dead bone is worthless... unless your doctor's last name begins with the letter "F".

Ok,thanks. I did not know that.

Then again,skin grafts are a pretty common thing,and skin is also living tissue.

So are hearts,lungs,and kidneys.

I am sure you are right and there are technical reasons bones aren't transplanted that I don't understand,though. Could the reason be there are so few cases where a bone transplant would even be considered,so nobody has ever tried to figure the "work-arounds"?

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-05-22   2:27:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: sneakypete (#7)

Could the reason be there are so few cases where a bone transplant would even be considered,so nobody has ever tried to figure the "work-arounds"?

Nowadays with stem cells and/or similar therapy, they are able to recreate cartilage. I.e. someone who has lost an ear could have that ear recreated with a mold in their gut area, after which it could be surgically implanted. Bones may not be far behind. With this guy's ghastly destruction of his entire face (I assume it's not someone's sick photshop job), he could become a poster boy for such an experiment.

Pinguinite  posted on  2018-05-22   13:09:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Pinguinite, sneakypete, y'all (#8)

With this guy's ghastly destruction of his entire face (I assume it's not someone's sick photshop job), he could become a poster boy for such an experiment.

Didn't I read recently, about a whole face transplant, that succeeded?

tpaine  posted on  2018-05-22   13:34:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: tpaine (#9)

Didn't I read recently, about a whole face transplant, that succeeded?

"Succeeded" meaning it was functional, but far from being free of scars and ordinary looking, and as a transplant, still needing immune suppression medication for life. But yes, they have done it. One woman as mauled by a full grown chimpanzee, if memory serves, and a man as well.

Regrowing tissue from stem cells would at least eliminate the immuno suppression medicine which would be a big plus.

Pinguinite  posted on  2018-05-22   14:28:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Pinguinite (#10)

Regrowing tissue from stem cells would at least eliminate the immuno suppression medicine which would be a big plus.

And I have no doubt it will be possible within 10 years. Maybe not common place for 15 or 20 years,but it will be getting done.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-05-22   16:18:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Pinguinite (#8)

Actually, there are photos of his partially reconstructed face. He looks somewhat normal, although that left eye ain't never coming back. Frankly, he looks more presentable than Mrs. Bill Clinton.

no gnu taxes  posted on  2018-05-24   14:15:30 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: no gnu taxes (#12)

" Frankly, he looks more presentable than Mrs. Bill Clinton. "

LOL !!!

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

Never Pick A Fight With An Old Man He Will Just Shoot You He Can't Afford To Get Hurt

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

AMERICA! Designed by geniuses. Now run by idiots.

Stoner  posted on  2018-05-24   16:20:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: no gnu taxes (#0)

I still find it hard to believe this guy lived through that attack !!!

NOTE TO SELF:

If I ever want to hunt bear , and I doubt I will, go INSIDE of an M-1 Abrams and use the 120 mm main gun !!

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

Never Pick A Fight With An Old Man He Will Just Shoot You He Can't Afford To Get Hurt

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

AMERICA! Designed by geniuses. Now run by idiots.

Stoner  posted on  2018-05-24   17:02:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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