Dog rescue mission lands socialite Jean Shafiroff in the hospital

Jean Shafiroff and Victor de Souza Victor Hugo/PMC)
Jean Shafiroff and Victor de Souza Victor Hugo/PMC)
Jean Shafiroff and rescue dogs
Jean Shafiroff and rescue dogs

Patron saint of South American pooches and the ball gown industry, philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, is suffering for her good deeds. Shafiroff reportedly fainted in her Park Avenue apartment upon returning from a trip to Nicaragua. She may have contracting a tropical virus, according to the New York Post.

Shafiroff regularly trades her signature gowns for a pair of Armani sneakers, traveling to Nicaragua with a roll of $20s for the kids and first class flight to “the land of the free” for neglected animals. But she is said to have recently fainted at home upon returning from her most recent trip.

According to the Post, she was treated for a large bump on her forehead and a cut lip. She has been in bed for nine days, forcing her to cancel two book signings in Southampton and had to skip a Hillary Clinton fundraiser.

This isn’t the first time Shafiroff has fallen into a swoon. In May, she fainted at the American Cancer Society’s Taste of Hope supposedly from a combination of the extreme heat and the weight of her pink ball gown. [NYP]