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Woman dies from altitude sickness while hiking in Colorado

ASPEN, Colo. - A college student from Pennsylvania died on Friday, August 18 while hiking to the Conundrum Hot Springs in Colorado. 

The family of Susanna DeForest posted on Facebook Tuesday that she died from acute altitude sickness. 

She was apparently planning to spend the night at the hot springs with a few friends but started vomiting at the Conundrum Creek trailhead late Thursday night. Two of her friends left her to get help. 

“Her friends who were with her did all they could to get help to her in time,” the Facebook post said. “We have made a trip to Colorado to see her one last time and visit a place she loved here.”

The beginning of the hike starts at an elevation of 8,765 feet and reaches more than 11,000 feet.

Other news outlets are reporting that DeForest had already died by the time emergency responders reached her at 5 a.m. on Friday. 

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