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CANYON (KSMX)- Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness and happens when the body loses its ability to sweat. Dehydration and over exposure to the sun can cause heat stroke. The main sign of heat stroke is an elevated body temperature greater than 104 degrees and changes in mental status ranging from personality changes to confusion.

Lindsey Montano, of Portales, knows all too well about losing her herself from a heat stroke in the midst of a hike in the Palo Duro Canyon. Last Thursday morning, (July 18), Montano and her older sister started the famous Lighthouse Trail hike where they seemed to have lost their way sending them farther down into the canyon.

As time passed the trail grew unfamiliar and water became scarce. This is when girls knew they were trouble.

“It was like every step we took didn’t get us anywhere, “stated Lindsey. “I couldn’t go any farther, and that’s when my sister grew worried.”

“I began going in and out of consciousness, losing every sense of anything around me. My sister put me under some shade and began looking for help. We didn’t have service at all in the place she left but when she finally came to the correct path, she was able to get a text out to our father. He had called the police and they found my sister and she led them to me.”

Park rangers found Montano and quickly went to work checking her vitals. Montano had a resting heart rate of 170 and a temperature of 104 degrees.

Montano was then transported to BSA hospital in Amarillo where they treated her for heat stroke and hypoglycemia.

“Thanks to my sister, I’m not dead. I would have been lost without her and everyone else who played a part taking care of me.”

The Department of Health and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises you to take these steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths during hot weather:

  • Stay cool indoors; do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Drink more water than usual
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar
  • Replace salt and minerals.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
  • Pace yourself.
  • Monitor people at high risk.
  • Do not leave children or pets in cars.


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