A 20-year-old woman identified as Laiha Slayton has been in coma for over a week, after jumping into a hot spring (a naturally occurring spring of water that is hotter than 98 degrees Fahrenheit when it flows from the ground) to rescue her dog.
Laiha suffered burns to over 90% of her body when she jumped into the 200°F (93°C) geyser in Yellowstone National Park.
Her puppy, Rusty which ran away from her car while she was visiting her 48-year-old Dad on October 4, reportedly jumped into Maiden’s Grave Spring and died from his injuries.
Her father, Woodrow who helped her out of the water burnt his foot and it was gathered that she was treated by park rangers and a local fire service. Laiha was then transported by helicopter to the burn center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, United States.
Laiha was identified through a GoFundMe campaign set up by her sister Kamilla, who has been providing updates via social media on her sister’s condition. If all continues to go well in her recovery, Laiha will likely be in the coma for two to three weeks.
Recovery will also be a slow process as she goes through surgeries to remove the dead skin and replace it with donor cadaver skin until the hospital grows more compatible skin for her, her sister wrote on the GoFundMe page.
According to the GoFundMe, her burns ‘seem to be better than they had initially thought’, Kami wrote, adding that there were more second degree burns than third.
‘This means that our dad pulled her out insanely fast. She’s incredibly lucky. Dad saved her life.
‘When Rusty passed away, knowing that Laiha made this sacrifice and is walking out empty handed really has broken his heart, and she doesn’t even know yet. He’s holding that to his heart every day and that’s hard.’
As at Monday afternoon, the GoFundMe had raised more than $58,000 out of its $200,000 goal for the Washington family. Yellowstone National Park officials have also spread the story, mostly as a warning to visitors to be wary and stay away from the hot springs.