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Hiker suffers seizure, rescuers called

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Mountain Rescue Aspen and a Flight for Life helicopter responded to a call Wednesday after a 16-year-old Aspen Camp School for the Deaf student became ill approximately 45 minutes to an hour up the West Snowmass Trail, nine miles west of Aspen.

According to a press release issued by incident commander Ann Stephenson, the Aspen-Pitkin County Combined Communications center received a call shortly after 5 p.m. from a resident on Snowmass Creek Road. The resident had been contacted by personnel from the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf. Through the resident, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a member of the camp’s hiking party having sud­denly taken ill at an altitude of 9,200 feet.

The patient’s first reported symptoms were serious enough that Mountain Res­cue Aspen was immediately mobilized and a Flight for Life helicopter was requested, according to the press release. The hiker, from Greeley, had become dizzy, was having breathing, experiencing vision problems, and reportedly had a seizure, the press release said.

By the time rescuers arrived, the patient was alert and oriented, but still was experiencing vision problems. She was transported to Aspen Valley Hospi­tal.

In total, 18 rescue volunteers assisted in the effort, including West Eagle Search and Rescue.

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