Keith Uhlig Wausau Daily Herald Published 9:58 AM EST Jan 22, 2019 TOWN OF TEXAS – The winningest sled-dog racer on the planet was lying in a hospital bed — her thighbone crushed, her kneecap cracked and her collarbone snapped — when her husband handed a cellphone to her. The voice Jan Bootz-Dittmar heard was familiar. Her daughter Jayme Dittmar was calling from a remote village in northern Alaska. “Are you dead?” Jayme asked her mother. Jan, 66, laughed and told her daughter she still was alive. But the town of Texas woman was also distracted. Health care workers were hovering around her, trying to insert an IV tube into her right arm. So she said she had to go, and hung up on her daughter. That left Jayme, 29, anxious, with questions: “So I’m a wilderness first responder, and I’m trying to put this in perspective: OK, how bad is this? If there are bones out of the skin, and it’s in the femur region, that means it’s life threatening, because it could bleed out.” Jayme immediately dialed her sister, Jenna Dittmar, 32, who lives in Cambridge, England. Jayme started to tell Jenna about the crash, but began to cry. Jenna knew her mother’s injuries were… Read full this story
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