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Diabetic Man Rescued From Eaton Canyon

Man was taken to an area hospital after being found by rescuers.

An elderly hiker was airlifted earlier today from Eaton Canyon after suffering from complications due to his diabetes.

Officials at the were informed by a fellow hiker of the ailing man around 10 a.m. The Asian man in his 60s was on the ground and vomiting, said Deputy Fajardo of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Fire fighters and Altadena Search and Rescue members went into the canyon, where the man was said to be near the waterfalls, deputies said.

The sick hiker was located and eventually flown by a Sheriff's rescue helicopter by 12:30 p.m. The man was flown to Huntington Memorial Hospital, Fajardo said.

Carroll Brown August 20, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Okay, let's get real here folks. I remember when Dr. Martin Luther King was assasinated and he was only 39 years old. I thought he was an old geezer at that age and here I am at 70 and everyone looks young to me. :o) It's where one is in life and the person who described the hiker as being elderly in his 60s is probably in his 20s.
Laura Hodge August 20, 2012 at 06:44 PM
how 'bout reporting just the facts? " a 60 year old man". the reader can apply their own judgement if they wish...
Nico August 20, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I am sure that this "author" would also classify 63 year-old Diana Nyad as elderly. Currently, Diana is in the middle of an open water swim from Cuba to Florida, an attempt to be the first person ever to cross that body of water -- apprx. 103 miles. http://www.diananyad.com/swim.
Trevor waldron August 31, 2012 at 10:09 PM
My dad was the man airlifted. out back in the beginning of June. He spent over a Month and a half in the hospital. He is in his late 50'S.
Melody Comfort September 22, 2012 at 05:46 PM
The age conversation aside, Diabetes is a tricky chronic disease to handle. Adversity can occur quickly. If one's blood sugar goes too low, dizziness and weakness can occur, de-stabilizing her/him. Exercise lowers blood sugar. Glucose tablets are portable possible solutions for hikers to bring sugar back to a better level. If blood sugar goes too high, dizziness and nausea can occur. Diabetics should always carry their medications to counteract this. Also, proper hydration is critical for all hikers. If a hiker feels dizzy, drinking water can help to re-stabilize her/him. M.C.

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