Woman Suffers Severe Burns in Yellowstone Hot Spring While Trying to Save Dog


  • A woman has been burned to the third degree after trying to save her dog from a hot spring in Yellowstone.
  • Ladonna Slayton, 20, was visiting the national park with her father when the incident happened on Monday.
  • The dog, Rusty, died of injuries and Ladonna was able to remain sedated for 3 weeks.

A 20-year-old woman could be sedated for up to three weeks in hospital with third-degree burns after trying to save her dog when he fell on a scorching hot spring in Yellowstone National Park, a her sister Kamilla Slayton said on Instagram.

Ladonna Slayton from Washington state was visiting the area with her father on Monday when her dog Rusty “escaped” and was burned by hot water from a geyser, Kamilla said in a GoFundMe page description. that she started on behalf of her sister.

Frightened by the hot water, Rusty ran straight into Maiden’s Grave Spring, a hot thermal spring with waters reaching temperatures of up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a National Park Service (NPS) press release released Wednesday.

Providing more details of the incident, the statement said Ladonna entered the spring in an attempt to save her dog, which caused her severe thermal burns. In a GoFundMe article, Kamilla said that her “sister’s palms were completely gone” and Ladonna had third degree burns all over 90% of her body, from shoulders down.

While trying to save his daughter’s life, their father also suffered burns to his foot, according to the GoFundMe post.

After NPS rangers reached out to the couple to provide initial treatment, the statement said, Ladonna was then rushed to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, where her sister said on Instagram that she had suffered. several surgeries. In the same post, Kamilla shared texts from what appears to be a family member who said Ladonna was given temporary corpse skin to “hope to help him heal.”

Rusty, who the Daily Mail said was one of the two Shih Tzus on the trip, has since died of his injuries.

Kamilla posted an update on Ladonna’s recovery on Instagram on Wednesday and said that after a second operation she had “had a good night’s sleep and a good morning.”

“She is stable and is healing slowly and at a good rate,” Kamilla wrote. “It will not be a quick process by any means.”

She also said their father was not in pain but the 1.5 inch blisters on his foot were being treated. Ladonna’s other dog, Chevy, “handles things well, all things considered,” she added.

Kamilla opened the GoFundMe page on Tuesday with the goal of raising $ 45,000 to help her family pay for medical care for her sister and father.

“The vet’s bill, sister, dads medical expenses is something my family can’t afford right now,” she said in the page description. “Not only that, but my parents are to be out of state for a few weeks to a month depending on her recovery. They will need help with food and shelter, and cremation services for her puppy.”

Over $ 25,000 has been donated at the time of writing.

Kamilla Slayton and the National Park Service did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.


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