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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 30, 2010

Chelminiak continues recovery

Councilman John Chelminiak continues to make steady progress in his recovery from injuries he sustained Sept. 17 when he was attacked by a black bear.  He is walking around his hospital room, talking with members of his family and receiving care for his wounds. 

Chelminiak had ophthalmology surgery on Sept. 24 and surgery for several major wounds on  the left side of his body on Sept. 27. He continues to receive daily treatment for the wounds, which are healing well. His surgical team continues to monitor his progress and plan further surgeries.

Damage to Chelminiak's left eye was so severe it had to be removed. Sight in the right eye, however, is  recovering, and John has been able to read very well during recovery. He expects to regain sight for all normal activities from reading to writing to active sports like skiing.

On Wednesday the council member met with state Department of Fish and Wildlife agent Rich Beausoleil, who tracked down the bear that attacked Chelminiak. Chelminiak and his wife provided information to help in the investigation of the attack. They voice their appreciation for the efforts of Beausoleil, his tracking dog Cash, and other Fish and Wildlife agents. 

Chelminiak and his family are touched by the continued outpouring of good wishes they are receiving from so many friends in the community. Well wishers can post to the council member's Facebook page.

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