A 20-year-old from Washington state is in a coma after being severely burned while trying to save her dog from a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park, officials said.
The National Parks Service said in a press release that the woman, identified in a GoFundMe as Laiha, has burns from her shoulders to feet after entering Maiden’s Grave Spring. The hot spring has a temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit, the park said.
NPS said that the incident happened while the woman, her father, and her dog were visiting the park on Monday.
The family had parked near Maiden’s Grave Spring, and the dog jumped out of the car and into the thermal hot spring, NPS said.
The woman then entered the hot spring to try to save her dog, and had to be pulled out by her father.
The dog died in the incident, and the woman is currently in the Burn Center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, the family said in a GoFundMe raising money to help pay for medical costs.
According to the GoFundMe, the woman has burns on “91% of her body and it’s about 50/50 3rd degree burns and 2nd degree burns.”
This is the second incident in which someone entered a hot spring at Yellowstone in less than a month.
A 19-year-old from Rhode Island was taken to the burn center in September with second- and third-degree burns to 5% of her body, NPS said.
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