Family, friends rally around Duluth teen seriously hurt on Utah hiking trail


Critically injured hiker Sophie Hillmeyer is a long way from her Duluth home, but she has an outpouring of support from friends and family to make her recovery in Ogden, Utah a little easier.

19-year-old Hillmeyer (pictured left above), who was in Utah working with AmeriCorps, fell 50 feet while hiking with friends in Waterfall Canyon on Sunday.

The seriously injured young woman was subsequently taken to the hospital via life flight helicopter.

Her parents, Michael and Nan Hillmeyer, flew to Utah to be by her side the next day and are staying in a hospital-provided guest house as Sophie undergoes treatment for a "badly broken" hip, a broken arm and head injuries, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

"We're doing fine; we're optimistic," Michael told the paper, saying his daughter has "a lot of stuff to overcome. She's still very injured."

Her older sister is also expected to join the family this weekend.

Meanwhile, Sophie's friends are sharing their well-wishes on social media:

While Sophie was in Ogden as part of her community service work for AmeriCorps, the hiking trip she was on when she was injured was not an AmeriCorps outing, FOX 13 reports.

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