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On Feb 18, Paris Hilton struck a pose on the snowy slopes of Lake Tahoe while her boyfriend River Viiperi, 21, lay strapped to a stretcher in the background with a serious ski injury. The couple was in California celebrating Hilton’s 32nd birthday when Viiperi hurt himself three days into the vacation. Fans were able to follow the incident on Hilton’s Twitter account and Pheed blog. She explained in a tweet that Viiperi was trying to do an aerial trick when his ski cut his inner left leg just below the knee. reported an insider's account describing how Viiperi got back up to continue skiing but then noticed his entire pants leg was wet. Hilton appeared to be shaken up by the incident. She tweeted: “After seeing the gash on @RiverViiperi’s leg, I almost passed out. I have never seen a cut that deep in my life.” What caught the public’s attention even more so than the grisly photos of Viiperi’s unstitched wound was a picture Hilton posted on her Pheed of her seated on the paramedics’ transportation mobile and striking a pouty couture pose. Viiperi is bundled up and strapped to a stretcher in the background, though he is also taking the situation lightly by giving a thumbs-up. Viiperi later tweeted a special thanks to his girlfriend, expressing his gratitude that Hilton remained by his side throughout the ordeal. His wound required 19 stitches.