Montana Climber Recovering after Huge Slab Breaks Free and Severs Leg and Hand

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A Montana woman is recovering following a June rock climbing accident that left her severely injured and permanently disfigured.

Kaylene Murphy was rock climbing with her boyfriend on June 30th at Natural Bridge outside Big Timber, Montana and was acting as the anchor when a six-foot slab of rock broke off and severed part of her leg and hand. An air ambulance flew her to Billings where doctors had to amputate part of her arm and most of her leg.

Montana, climbing accident
This is the site of the accident, to the right of the big tree. Thanks to the Big Timber Search and Rescue, Sheriff’s Office, Reach Air and all bystanders for getting our girl out.

She also suffered a brain injury, broken ribs, and fractured vertebrae. Crystal, Kaylene’s mother, talked to local media about the moments following the accident and her daughter’s amazing recovery and positive attitude:

“The main thing to me, at that point, was I had asked, is she still alive, just tell me she’s still alive…and I knew if she was alive, then we could get through anything else. Her attitude is incredible, and we just see God working every single day in our lives,” Crystal said.

Montana, climbing accident
This is what’s left of the helmet that saved her life. Credit: Facebook

Kaylene hopes to teach others rock climbing safety, like the importance of wearing a helmet. Kaylene also says she is ready to get back out there and climb again. Kaylene is missing an insulin pump. It was lost at Natural Bridge.

To follow her journey go to her Facebook page, and to donate towards her recovery, visit here.

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