Woman suffers anaphylactic shock, walks out of wilderness


A woman who suffered anaphylactic shock after suffering bee or wasp stings while hiking on Dome Lake Trail was able to walk out of the Zirkel Wilderness on her own Thursday afternoon.

Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers and North Routt Fire Protection District emergency workers were paged to help the woman at about 2:45 p.m. Thursday. A paramedic and an EMT from Search and Rescue were in a helicopter above the woman's last known position when she was able to walk out of the wilderness at the trailhead at about 4:30 p.m.

The woman was 70 years old, according to communication over Routt County dispatch radio, and suffered the shock while walking with a group of people on the trail, near North Lake Trail off Seedhouse Road.

Search and Rescue spokesman Darrel Levingston said the woman, a local, was about 2 1/2 miles up the trail from the trailhead when dispatchers received the call.

Search and Rescue incident commander Jim Linville said bee sting situations can have "all types of different outcomes."

"That was a good sign," that she was able to walk out on her own, he said.

Linville said the helicopter crew was searching for the woman, and the Search and Rescue ground crew had just arrived, when the woman was able to walk out of the wilderness.

The crew had received special permission for the private helicopter to land, Levingston said. Search and Rescue crews also had a Flight For Life helicopter on standby in Dillon, he said.

The helicopter, from Zephyr Helicopter Service, is operated by John Witte, a former Search and Rescue volunteer, Levingston said.


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