Park medical staff, rangers respond to heart attack victim at Jenny Lake

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Grand Teton National Park rangers and staff responded to a medical emergency at the Jenny Lake boat ramp today at approximately 1pm. A 29-year-old female from West Fargo, North Dakota, was visiting the area with her husband and three children when she went into cardiac arrest.

A nurse happened to witness the event and immediately began CPR.  Several calls were made to 911 and park dispatch requesting medical help. A park ranger responded to the scene within four minutes of the call and took over chest compressions, followed closely by park emergency medical service personnel who used a defibrillator and advanced life support interventions. Additional park rangers and staff responded to the area to help manage the scene.

The woman regained a heartbeat and began breathing on her own. A park ambulance transported her to Lupine Meadows where Air Idaho Rescue Helicopter was waiting to transport her to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The woman’s condition is unknown at this time.

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