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Nebraska elementary school teacher who overheated during hike recovering in Phoenix

Posted at 3:23 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 21:49:14-04

PHOENIX — A beloved elementary school teacher from Nebraska is still in a Phoenix hospital a week after suffering heat stroke while climbing Camelback Mountain.

Lois Nigrin called for help last Friday afternoon. The temperature at the time in Phoenix was 107-degrees.

By the time firefighters got to her, she was unconscious and had to be airlifted off the mountain. At one point she was in a medically induced coma. ABC15 talked with the principal of St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School in Omaha where Nigrin has taught second grade for 26-years.

"She lives her faith every day by what she does," said principal Barbara Marchese. "How she models it for everybody else - she's just a top-notch woman."

A GoFundMe page was started for the family. It's well over $53,000 - more than double its intended goal.