A Montgomery women who was critically injured during a bear attack earlier month has been upgraded to fair condition, according to officials at Geisinger.
Melinda Lebarron, 50, was upgraded on Friday, hospital officials said. Lebarron had previously been moved to the hospital's medical/surgical unit as she continues to recover from her injuries sustained Dec. 12.
Lebarron's son said earlier this month the attack resulted in broken bones, cuts and bruises and that she suffered multiple bites. Lebarron was in critical condition in the days after the attack and was being treated in Geisinger's intensive care unit before being moved.
According to hospital officials, since arriving at Geisinger following the attack, Lebarron received extensive care and treatments, including numerous surgeries due to internal and external injuries.
“Melinda is a fighter and has a long road ahead, but we’re looking forward to her recovery,” said Sidney Lebarron, Melinda’s husband. “We are happy she continues to improve and look forward to when she can come back home. Our family appreciates everyone’s thoughts and kind words during these past few weeks.”
Lebarron told relatives her Chihuahua-mix named Bear distracted the bear during the attack. Bear the dog was also bitten during the attack and is recovering, according to family members.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission set up two traps near Lebarron's home following the attack and continues to investigate why it may have attacked the woman outside of her home, dragging her by the leg more than 80 yards.