Yesterday, I posted about Cindy Abbott scratching in Kaltag due to a shoulder injury and out of concern for her dog team. Apparently, there is a lot more to the story. It comes not from the Iditarod Trail Committee but the Orange County Register. Columnist David Whiting reports that Abbott had to be rescued outside of Kaltag with a broken pelvis and extreme hypothermia. When the medical team reached her late Wednesday night, she was in shock.
Abbott is in better condition now. Whiting was able to talk to her as she was being evacuated by bush plane to a hospital in Anchorage. She was in good spirits and had only positive things to say about her experience.
Whiting gives a day-to-day account of Abbott’s race and the challenging conditions she faced here: