Project WILD Students Save Life

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Park Baker, The Transylvania Times
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Thanks to some training, three Duke University students saved a man's life recently during a school trip in the Pink Beds areas in Pisgah National Forest.

Jared Schwartz, Kyrstin Lulow and Isa Zawilla were going to the Otter Hole, an off-the-beaten-path swimming spot, when they came across a man who was wheezing and holding his chest. After some deliberating and difficulty translating, they discovered that he had been stung, presumably by a yellow jacket. The students believe the man was only stung once.

Through their training, as part of the Project WILD (Wilderness Initiatives for Learning at Duke) program, they were able to identify the signs of anaphylactic shock, a severe allergic reaction that can be fatal.

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