Filler A memorable patient

Escape by water

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 10 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:347
  1. Jenny Tye, registrar in anaesthesia.
  1. Birmingham

    Our trekking party in north eastern Nepal had ascended to the magical Thyangboche Monastery at 3800m. We continued our descent and return journey through the village of Namche Bazaar (3400m) in high spirits, after completion of our mission. Suddenly our thoughts were interrupted when an anxious Sherpa raced up behind me. He told me that a doctor was needed and rushed me breathlessly back up the hill. I wrongly assumed that all of our party were ahead of me and wondered if I was being taken to sort out a medical problem in the village.

    I was shown into one of the lodge rooms at Namche that we had left earlier. One member of …

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