Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery
He turned to leave when the bear suddenly attacked, knocking him unconscious. When he woke he found the aggressive animal standing over him.
Mr Brooke recalled the shock of seeing his “nose and moustache laid out on the ground”, adding: “Now I knew what was wrong with my face.”
He explained: “I felt her sniffing my cheek. I felt her whiskers.
“I should’ve bled to death right there. I should’ve at least drowned on my blood.”
With blood in his eyes blurring his vision, he managed to reach for a steak knife in his pocket, later joking: “I don’t know that I would have been brave enough to stab her if I could see her.
“I had to lean in to stab her in the head. So I was [that] close to her nose.”
He spent around an hour alone in the woods before help arrived, recalling: “I said ‘Lord I could do with a little help about now!’”
His brother-in-law, George Neal, eventually found him and remembered seeing Lee’s torn-off nose and upper lip on the ground. He grabbed the body parts and stuffed them in Lee’s pocket before calling 911.
He said the bear “ripped his face right off”.
Mr Brooke underwent months of reconstructive surgery at the Swedish Medical Center’s Burn and Reconstructive Unit in Colorado.
Dr Benson Pulikkottil and Dr Lily Daniali removed a fibula and a flap of skin from his leg, then used the bone and skin to rebuild his face.
Doctors will eventually reconstruct his nose, possibly even using a part of his own nose they managed to preserve.
“They were so confident and compassionate and communicated really well back and forth,” said Mr Brooke.
“Everybody was phenomenal. They built me up and never let me down. They’re the best of the best.”
SOURCE: The Telegraph
Via USA Today:
The FBI was flooded Friday with more than 200,000 background check requests for gun purchases, setting a new single day record, the bureau reported Saturday.
In all, the FBI fielded 203,086 requests on Black Friday, up from the previous single-day highs of 185,713 last year and 185,345 in 2015. The two previous records also were recorded on Black Friday.
Gun checks, required for purchases at federally licensed firearm dealers, are not a measure of actual gun sales. The number of firearms sold Friday is likely higher because multiple firearms can be included in one transaction by a single buyer.[…]
Federal authorities, meanwhile, have for years openly complained that incomplete databases and staff shortages make it difficult to keep pace with the constant stream of background checks required of most new gun purchasers and efficiently trace firearms used in crimes.
In a statement earlier this week, Sessions said NICS “is critical for us to be able to keep guns out of the hands of those that are prohibited from owning them.” He said the Texas shooting “revealed that relevant information may not be getting reported to the NICS — this is alarming and it is unacceptable.”
While gun sales have been surging in recent years — largely driven by fears of more restrictive gun laws proposed during the Obama administration — gun check numbers had leveled off in the first months of the pro-gun Trump administration.
SOURCE: Weasel Zippers