A GoFundMe page has been set up for a 23-year-old Hawaii Island woman critically injured in a sledding (boogie board) incident on the summit of Maunakea Friday, January 29th, 2021.
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa and Hilo) Team
A 23-year-old Hawaii Island woman critically injured in an apparent sledding accident has been medevac to Queen's Medical Center for further medical treatment, where at this time, she remains in the Intensive Care Unit in critical condition.
The 23-year-old woman was identified by family and friends, however, the HIRSC Team has elected not to name the woman in updates to give the family some privacy during this sudden and also tragic incident.
According to further details released by officials, the female was sledding (using a boogie board or bodyboard) on the snowy hill on the summit of Maunakea at an unknown rate of speed, when she lost control and crashed on the icy and rocky surface below the hill suffering multiple traumatic injuries and reported to have been unresponsive following the incident.
Immediately following the incident, numerous bystanders provided basic medical care until Maunakea Rangers later transported her down the summit to Hale Pohaku where they rendezvous with PTA Fire and HFD Medic. HFD Medic then transported the female to Hilo Medical Center in critical condition to awaiting trauma team.
Due to the extent of her injuries, she was stabilized and then transferred (medevac) to the Queen's Medical Center (Level I Trauma Center) on the Island of O'ahu later on Friday evening, where at this time, she still remains in critical condition and surrounded by family members. The injuries the 23-year-old suffered were considered to be extensive, suffering from numerous broken bones and also traumatic injury to the head.
The family of the 23-year-old Hawaii Island woman has set up a GoFundMe page to help with covering medical expenses.
Initial Update on January 29th, 2021:
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with U.S. Army Fire Department at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA Fire), Hawaii Police Department (HPD), and Maunakea Rangers responded to a report of a medical emergency on the summit of Maunakea Friday evening (January 29th).
The initial call came in at 6:37 pm Friday evening and HFD Crews from the Haihai and Kaumana Fire Stations along with PTA Fire Company 50, HPD Officers from the South Hilo Patrol, and Maunakea Rangers responded to the scene located on the summit of Maunakea near the 7-mile marker on Maunakea Access Road.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from bystanders reporting a female (described to be her 20s) was sledding (using a boogie board) on the summit of Maunakea (below the observatories) and had lost control and crashed on the icy surface suffering serious injuries.
Immediately following the incident, bystanders provided basic medical care and Maunakea Rangers later arrived at the scene and assist with medical care, then transported the female patient to Hale Pohaku (Maunakea Visitor Information Center) to rendezvous with PTA Fire and HFD personnel. The female patient reported to have suffered traumatic injuries to the head as a result of the incident.
Once HFD and PTA Fire crews arrived at the scene, they immediately began providing advanced medical care to the female patient. HFD Medic then transported the female to the Hilo Medical Center in critical condition for further medical treatment.
Maunakea Rangers and HPD continue to investigate the incident.