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Snowboarder loses leg after crashing into snowcat at Mammoth Mountain [Updated]

The main lodge at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

A woman snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area lost her leg in a horrific accident Friday after crashing into a snowcat at the eastern Sierra resort.

Kathy Willhide-Michiulis, 43, was reportedly on her last run of the day when she crashed into the machine and became entangled in the spinning tiller behind it.

[Updated at 4:35 p.m.: an earlier post misspelled her last name.]

"Her leg was gone," a resort employee, who asked for anonymity until investigators completed their work, told the Mammoth Times.

Ski Patrol members had to use a large wrench to free Willhide-Michiulis, a season-pass holder who also suffered facial lacerations and other major injuries.

Paramedics transported the woman to Mammoth Hospital, and she was immediately airlifted to a Reno hospital, where she remained Tuesday morning.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: The main lodge at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times

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Kathy's family appreciates a chance to speak with you.

Diana ("Dee") Michiulis

Bruno Michiulis
Tel.: (661) 296-0841

Dear Christina, a few of us in a climbers group heard about this awful accident, and we are sending prayers and well wishes... we were very sad to hear this, as many of us have snow-boarders, and skiiers and climbers in our lives that face sudden dangers, daily--or that have faced awful things, unexpected, themselves, or their loved-ones have in the past, from various troubles. Please know that you are not alone, and we will NOT let her down, as to heart-felt-support, even though we can not reach-out to her as you and family do. Thank you for being her wonderful neice, through all this. God bless, sincerely, neebee...

As Kathy's niece, I would like to provide the proper spelling of her name...
Its Kathy Willhide-Michiulis. This was spelled incorrectly on the original Mammoth Times article, but they have corrected it as well as other details that were incorrect. See the up-dated article at http://www.mammothtimes.com/content/grisly-accident-mammoth-mountain

If you would like more information, please contact me. Myself and other family members have been with Kathy since her accident. She is doing as well as can be expected. I can provide contact information for people who were involed if you need.


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