Exclusive: Allena Hansen of California still deals with hefty medical bills nearly 12 years after getting mauled, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. You couldn't even tell that I was a human being," she said. More. But it is not the pain of her injuries that's left her distraught; instead, it's the emotional toll she experienced when begging for her private health insurance to cover her treatments. You can’t outrun a bear,” Stiver said. The plan seemed to work, but Chernosky said the bear got spooked when he hit the garage door opener, and it came back in the house. "It was either lie there and bleed out or get the hell out of there, so I left.". He still has a tube in his throat. National Geographic - FULL SHOW First Aired Aug. 2010 Randy Miller is a professional big animal trainer. Ms Hansen, who comes from a family of doctors, said health insurance, and what she dealt with in the aftermath of her bear attack, is a substantial reason why she's put her support behind Sanders for the 2020 election. He estimated on 60 Minutes his plan will cost $30tn over the next 10 years, but his funding outline sets aside just $17.5tn for the insurance. Orr said in a detailed recount on Facebook that he fired bear spray in the animal’s face as it charged, but that failed to stop the double attack that was about to unfold. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Mia Minichiello Eric Radloff Brandon Bae Nick Campbell Logan Shrewsbury. Typically, a bear will perform a 'bluff charge' before it decides whether or not to actually attack. Attacking a human usually means a death sentence for a bear. 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Grizzly Face to Face - Hollywood Bear Tragedy - Hollywood's Killer Bear. And that's how you survive, a grizzly bear attack. The story and what are apparently the photos resulting from a bear attack are hard to look at, hard to think about, and hard to imagine. Chernosky went to make sure that it didn’t wander down the stairs to where his 12-year-old twins were sleeping. Bear Attack Injures Man in Mountains of California A 53-year-old hiker who had encountered one bear was attacked by another Monday in the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles, authorities said. He still has a tube in his throat. “Stand your ground. Ms Hansen now lends her support, and voice, to advocating for a single-payer healthcare system so no one else has to battle with health insurance companies every day like she did when recovering from her injuries. The plan would reportedly eliminate premiums, deductibles, copays, and "surprise bills". The attack, which left her with extensive facial injuries and pain, was not the hardest moment for Ms Hansen. Doctors performed emergency procedures and gave Gilbert 990 stitches in his head. Ms Hansen, who is now on Medicare, pays an estimated $300 to $400 out of pocket per month for speciality eye drops and other ophthalmological medication so she can see. It tore my face off. When estimating her medical bills in the last decade, Ms Hansen said she spent about $80,000 alone for her cosmetic surgery to make her "look human" again. "So basically my face was ripped off.". Lay flat on your stomach, and spread your legs apart. "I'm crying right now. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. "Their reasoning was 'this is not reasonable or customary treatment.' WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES – Hunter’s Face Ripped Off by Bear By angelamontana . Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Many of Ms Hansen's injuries from the bear attack involved facial reconstruction and ophthalmological work, a majority of which went uncovered by her private insurance plan. Euan Kerr. A two-week trek through Canada's Arctic tundra turns into a desperate attempt to stay alive after a violent polar bear attack. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. She made contact with Orr's neck, and continued to bite him over and over when he fell face first, to the ground. I am now living on a social security pension. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Bear Attacks Sleeping Teen in Utah, Bites His Face: 'These Are the Kinds of Things That Keep Me Awake at Night' By Aristos Georgiou On 8/12/19 at 8:28 AM EDT Share "It went through all of my retirement savings, my IRAs, my assets. Some of Ms Hansen's treatments were paid for by doctors who volunteered their time to her cause. His left eye, which sees only light and dark, weeps constantly. "They make their money by denying services, not providing it," she said. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. He helped re-create a bridge across her upper jaw so the 14 teeth lost could be replaced. Bears caused on average 426.7 million yen in crop damage per fiscal year from 1999 to 2018, according to … "I've long since ceased trying to get anything fixed," she said. Blue Cross did not respond to a request for a comment. "When the bear got me it destroyed the orbit of the left eye of my face," she added. I am now living on a social security pension. In total, Ms Hansen says she's paid about $250,000 in medical bills from all the injuries she suffered, and continues to suffer, even though she was technically covered by a private health insurance company. "It's horrible. "Having to go through all these explanations with (the health insurance) bureaucracy when you're trying desperately to heal and come to grips to the fact your very public face is gone is very debilitating," she said. 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Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. … The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. ...this position protects your vitals. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Can you vote for someone on Super Tuesday who's already dropped out? November 11, 2019 10:00 a.m. “You’re … In a show of resilience of the human body, and the determination to live, a father beats the odds after a terribly horrific attack by a brown bear in Alaska. Charging black bear takes down a bow hunter in Ontario, Canada. "So I have a lot of 3D parts printed inside of me. in San Antonio Texas on 22 February 2020, Bernie Sanders embraces his wife Jane at rally in San Antonio Texas on 22 February 2020, Bernie support raises sign and a thumbs-up to the news of Senator Sanders' win, Bernie supporter cheer at the news of Sanders' win, Allena Hansen, now 68, was attacked by a black bear on her California ranch. It also bit off much of his face. "I had to make this calculus as I was being eaten, 'Do I want to survive this?' As hunters, we always try to be as prepared as possible for anything to happen while we’re out–whether it’s bringing along extra survival equipment, ammo, food/water, etc. Before the momma bear was able to make contact, Orr was able to spray a bear repellant in her direction, but that did little to slow the attack. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Bear attacks are on the rise in Kashmir, with a spate of savagings in recent weeks including a man who had his face torn off on July 13. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. When the men left the door open — a black bear waltzed in, shocking the men, Lott’s wife and their 10 children. "I don't even answer my telephone because I had it conditioned that I was going to have to talk to idiots on the phone all day and try to get something done that wasn't going to get done.". Even when her eyes manufacture tears, they are unable to properly drain the liquid, which makes her vision poor. "When the bear attacked me it just grabbed me by the ears and bit into my face and took me down," Ms Hansen said. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Listen Duluth author recounts grizzly bear attack. Not, 'What am I going to look like? Cooper texted his family as he descended the trail, to say he was being followed by a bear. Duluth. A majority of her health issues from the attack involved her need for facial reconstruction and ophthalmological care, and problems still persist for the woman today. She's currently on Medicaid and has to pay an estimated $300-400 per month out of pocket for her ophthalmological care, such as eye drops and special contact lenses. 9 years ago. Wes Perkins, Grizzly Bear, Alaska, Non-Fatal. Sanders' Medicare for All plan would eliminate private health insurance and instead create a public health system for all Americans to use and pay into. The attack occurred while the victim and other members of a six-man crew were setting recording lines and sensors for a seismic exploration project. ", "I am a statistic," she added. "I had very extensive facial injuries and head injuries.". I have 3D printed teeth, I have 3D printed eye sockets, part of my nose ... so all of that was donated.". "Americans don't want good healthcare insurance, they want good healthcare," she said. The 68-year-old woman was on her secluded ranch in the southern part of the Sequoia Mountains of California in 2008 when the black bear attacked. In an elk hunting trip gone wrong, a Pennsylvania man had his face ripped off by a grizzly bear. Learn More. "I have visual impairment, my sinuses were all destroyed, and my eyes don't manufacture tears," she said. The woman lost 14 teeth when the bear attacked, and the animal destroyed a large part of her face that included her nose, eye sockets, and upper jaw. He owns twelve big predators ---all Hollywood stars. Then, to expand on the current Medicare system, Sanders plan would also include dental, vision, and hearing coverage. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. "I would like the American people to take back their democracy and demand to get the healthcare industry out of our public health system," she said. Don’t try to run away. The funding outline was later updated to include "current federal, state and local government spending over the next 10 years" would cover the rest. Bear attacks are of particular concern for those who are in bear habitats. [Stephen Herrero SOT]: That's it, neck protected, face protected, about as stable as you can get. Daniel Ward O'Connor, 27, male: May 10, 2015: Wild ", "What happened to me up on that mountain was nothing compared to what happened to me once I made it back home," she added. ... splints, scissors. Period," she said. It's still horrible," Ms Hansen told The Independent. Face-to-face with a grizzly. Mia Minichiello Eric Radloff … Given her secluded property, it was on Ms Hansen to get down the mountain on her own if she wanted a chance at living, so she drove herself to the nearest fire station. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. "So basically my face was ripped off." Nearly 12 years later, Ms Hansen is still paying hefty insurance costs, and she estimates she's paid upwards of $250,000 for her bills. Ms Hansen remained in the hospital for only one day, but the larger battle occurred once she returned to her 70-acre ranch and had to implore her insurance company to pay for her treatments. And the moment still brings tears to her eyes from the aftermath of dealing with the healthcare industry. The woman lost 14 teeth when the bear attacked, and the animal destroyed a large part of her face that included her nose, eye sockets, and upper jaw. Allena Hansen, now 68, was on her secluded ranch in the southern part of California's Sequoia Mountains in 2008 when she was mauled by a black bear. "People don't realise that there's a public benefit to providing reasonable healthcare.". The candidate's Medicare for All plan and how Americans will pay for it remained largely unclear until Sanders released an outline of funding last week. That is neither reasonable nor customary.". The bear will lose interest after a few swipes and move away. I'm so mad, I'm literally crying thinking about it and it was 12 years ago. "It went through all of my retirement savings, my IRAs, my assets. "Literally, as I was being eaten by a wild beast, I wasn't thinking about Jesus or my family or my son. "When the bear attacked me it just grabbed me by the ears and bit into my face and took me down," Ms Hansen said. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Incredibly, the hunter was not seriously injured. I was thinking my insurance was not going to pay for this," she told The Independent. 0:27 | 05/26/17. This prevents her from properly moving specific muscles on that side, including those that give her the ability to smile, because of the tissue lost in the attack. Nearly 12 years later, she says dealing with health insurance costs was the worst part of the attack (Dr Kimberly Lee, Allena Hansen), In pictures: Bernie Sanders celebrates Nevada caucus win, Woman who lost face in bear attack on why she’s voting for Sanders. Can you imagine? Eric Betts, Deseret News LOGAN — If an attacker ripped off much of your face and … Ms Hansen stayed in the hospital for only one day while recovering from her most severe injuries. Instead, she said dealing with her private insurance company, Blue Cross, to cover medical bills was the most debilitating. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. "I had to go on national television and prostitute myself ... be the freak of the week, you know," she said. Doctors had to use part of his fibula to create a jaw to replace what the bear ripped off of his face. The father was out with his son when they encountered the bear. Trump ally cheered by Republicans while claiming Bernie Sanders presidency would lead to 'another Holocaust', Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane, triumphant at hearing of Nevada Caucus win. Posted: May 9, 2016. This incident took place in 2016 on April 15th. Her private health insurance at the time, Blue Cross, refused to cover anything they deemed wasn't "necessary" for Ms Hansen's survival, which forced the woman's hand to pay for her treatments in a different way. Mia Minichiello Eric Radloff Brandon Bae Nick Campbell Logan Shrewsbury. A woman still experiencing the aftermath of her injuries nearly 12 years after she was mauled by a bear has put her support behind presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, largely because of his position on health insurance in the US. Of that cost, insurance paid only about $10,000. Another problem she battles is the paralysis on the left side of her face. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? from Randy Miller. A Dauphin woman is warning other outdoorsy Manitobans to be careful after she was hit in the face by a startled black bear while running in Riding Mountain National Park on Monday afternoon. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. love, bear attack. Barrie Gilbert describes being attacked by a grizzly bear that mauled his face. "My face was ripped off. No, I was mauled by a bear. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Not, 'Can I survive this?' Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. "It was (the) first time we had bear attacks," he said. She was face-to-face with the black bear on her 70-acre property when it attacked and brought her to the ground. "At the time I didn't have many options," she added. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Direct punches and kicks at the bear’s face, and use any weapon like rocks, branches, or bear spray to defend yourself. Possibly the luckiest man to walk the earth, this guy survived the most gruesome bear attack ever. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Bear attacks are rare -- but if attacked by grizzly bear, the NPS recommends people play dead by laying flat on their stomachs with their legs spread out. Her health insurance denied covering most of the costs for her ophthalmological care, rebuilding her upper jaw, and other treatments. If the plan passed, it would eliminate insurance companies sitting in between Americans and them receiving healthcare for different ailments, an idea supported by Ms Hansen. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. And Rocky was his number one "the best working bear in the business". You'll come out bruised and bloody...but you'll come out alive. "Fortunately, there were some very kind doctors who donated their services.". They can be fatal and often hikers, hunters, fishers, and others in bear country take precautions against bear attacks. Allena Hansen, 68, has spent over $250,000 in medical bills, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Writer Alex Messenger's new … '", She added: "I think that speaks volumes to the American healthcare system.". A bear attack is an attack by any mammal of the family Ursidae, on another animal, although it usually refers to bears attacking humans or domestic pets. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Searchers found the runner's remains 500 yards (457 m) from the trail and shot the bear in the face with a shotgun, which scared the bear and forced him into the woods away from the body. One of the donated services Ms Hansen received came from Dr Bill Dorfman of The Doctors. See More. Abdul Rasheed Tenda, 52, suffered horrific injuries in Thune, Kangan, of Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. Allena Hansen never truly recovered after a black bear mauled her on her property 12 years ago. It won’t work. (CNN) The grizzly bear grabbed Lee Brooke from behind, pulled him off the ground and then rode on his back down a slope, crushing the left side of his body. "I would like to see a standardised single-payer system and I am, have been for a long time, supporting Bernie Sanders because of that," she said. "They want to wear you down until you give up. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Black bear attacks hunter in terrifying video. That’s when he encountered the bear face-to-face. omgbearattack.bandcamp.com. Bear Attack. "There is no reason whatsoever for the insurance industry to be in our public health system, zero.". She shares her story, in part, so people can understand her battle with health insurance and how she wants the healthcare system to change to better support Americans. Doctors had to use part of his fibula to create a jaw to replace what the bear ripped off of his face. 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