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SHARON, Pa. - A fundraiser was held on Sunday for a woman who came close to losing her life while working at a local hospital.

At the First Presbyterian Church in Sharon a dinner was held for beloved church member Linda Clark who was a victim of a violent crime.

Clark was working at Sharon Regional Hospital greeting patients and filling out paperwork. Police say a patient, who didn't get the drugs he wanted, stabbed Clark in the neck severing the artery that supplies blood to her head almost killing her.

Clark says it's a miracle she survived. "They were afraid I would have brain damage and that I would not make it through surgery. But I had angles with me that day and they were with all the surgeons who helped me. The whole team is amazing," Clark said.

Church members, friends and co-workers have volunteered their time since Linda cannot work for eight months to a year.

The nerve in her arm was severed and needs time to heal, but the church and others have stepped up to help.

"There is a financial reason, but also it's an opportunity for the family to rally around the Clarks and in a real kind of concrete way show love and support and care," said Glenn Hink, First Presbyterian Church of Sharon.

Clark, who is also an artist, is well known for her watercolors, sketches and murals.

She has a 13-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter, her husband has been out of work for a while and the fundraiser, which includes a Chinese auction, will help them be able to pay their living expenses.

Clark thanked everyone for their prayers, get well cards and donations.

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