Coroner: midstate hiker who died had altitude sickness

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 12, 2017 9:54 AM


(Aspen, Colorado) -- A 20-year-old midstate college student suffered from altitude sickness before she died on a hiking trip last month in Colorado.

Susanna DeForest, who attended the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster, was hiking the Conundrum Creek Trail with three friends when she died.

Pitkin County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Todaro said DeForest became sick and vomited on the group's way up to the Conundrum Hot Springs. Her friends put her in a tent to rest while help was on its way, but DeForest died before rescue crews could reach her.

The Coroner's Office states DeForest suffered from High Altitude Pulmonary Edema and High Altitude Cerebral Edema.

She was at an elevation of 10,367 feet (3160 meters) when she died.

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