Physio falls for Everest

A Cheshire physio plans to climb Mount Everest despite having a heart attack last time he tried.

Greg Roberts, team manager of an acute community respiratory care team based at Halton hospital in Runcorn, Cheshire, was trying to scale Everest in May with his climbing partner, Ray Smith from South Shields.

Bad weather forced them to remain at high altitude for longer than is usually recommended.

 ‘We were at 7,000m for 12 days and as a result my blood got really thick,’ Mr Roberts said.

‘I woke in the middle of the night in our tiny tent and told my climbing partner I had chest pains. I immediately took 300mg of aspirin, and the next day we came down to base camp.’

Mr Roberts was flown to a hospital in Kathmandu and then to the UK for assessment.

He returned to work after treatment and is now planning to try again.

 ‘What happened is part and parcel of the risk of high altitude climbing,’ he said. ‘I’m 47 now and I would like to think
I could go back by the time I was 50. My enthusiasm hasn’t dulled.’

Graham Clews

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