Tara Larosa survives near death hiking mishap

by Joe Rizzo | source: mmadiehards.com

In the early hours of Thanksgiving, Tara Larosa took time to enjoy her late-night victory over Takayo Hashi, looking forward to what good things might come in 2011.  Then she nearly lost it all.

LaRosa became disoriented with severe dehydration and mild hypothermia on Sunday in below-freezing conditions on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail in the southwestern Pennsylvania town of Somerset, she told MMA DieHards.  She had to be rescued by rangers, rendered nearly unable to move after hiking through snowy conditions in sub-freezing temperatures and lower wind chills for 12 miles on Sunday after starting with six miles on Saturday in what was to be a 70-mile head-clearing excursion.

Taken to Somerset Hospital, LaRosa was given an IV for re-hydration, treated for hypothermia and released early Monday.

She narrowly escaped what could have been a tragic fate, thanks to a potentially life-saving text message that found its way to South Jersey via what she believes was formulated through her guardian angel.

After a few hours of treatment but with no money or identification, arrangements were made for her at a local motel to recuperate.  She headed back to her Philadelphia home on Monday evening, somewhat worse for wear but with no permanent damage.

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PeterGBO site profile image  

12/8/10 10:54 PM by PeterGBO

She almost went out like Evan Tanner. Crazy story, luckily technology pulled through!! Her guardian angel was a cell phone.

WRESTLENOW site profile image  

12/8/10 10:52 PM by WRESTLENOW

what the hell? why on earth was she hiking in this weather, its like 15 degrees outside, i gotta assume it would be even colder where she was. Im not afraid of exercise or the cold, but it sounds like a really weird way to celebrate a victory with a freezing 70 mile hike.

Markos site profile image  

12/8/10 9:35 PM by Markos

Glad shes ok.... her chin must have kept her alive

RentedMule site profile image  

12/8/10 8:59 PM by RentedMule

Being from SouthWest PA, it's really scary to think what could have happened to her.My mothers uncle froze to death just walking home many years ago, and at this time of year you better keep layers of clothes in your car in case you break down.Thank God she's ok

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12/7/10 11:13 PM by RickStorm

Yeah.. Glad she's okay!!

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12/7/10 10:59 PM by FERA BRABA

I am really glad to hear that Tara is alright.  That's very scary.  She's a great athlete and a wonderful person.  Hope you get some rest and Happy Holidays to you, girl!  HUGS!

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