Woman rescued from Yosemite to undergo risky surgery

9:45 PM, Oct 10, 2012   |    comments
Jessica Rose Garcia missing from Yosemite since Friday
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FRESNO, CA - A woman rescued from Yosemite National Park Tuesday has a tough surgery coming up Thursday.

Jessica Rose Garcia, 23, was last seen Friday afternoon after leaving a work orientation meeting. Rescuers believe she went hiking after the meeting and was found three days later 2 miles off trail.

According to Yosemite National Park officials, rescue personnel used a helicopter to airlift Garcia from the scene due to the rugged terrain in which she was found.

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However, Garcia's injuries turned out to be more severe than initially reported. According to Garcia's Facebook page, she is undergoing a serious high-risk 8-hour surgery after doctors discovered she suffered a serious spinal cord injury. She is being treated at the Fresno Community Regional Medical Center, which specializes in spinal surgeries.

A trust fund was set up to help Garcia's family with the medical expenses. People can make donations to Bank of the West FBO Jessica Rose Garcia.

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