Viagra pills help save man on Mount Everest: Part 3

Joe Hughes was suffering from high altitude pulmonary edema on Mount Everest, as Dr. Luanne Freer tried to save his life.
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And. Do Hughes never thought he'd be here inside of a clinic on the face of Mount Everest and suffering from high altitude pulmonary edema. If you fiance an unborn child. Waiting for him to come home the call stopped and I was trying to think the worst. There's only one person who can save him don't dilute Winfrey year. And from her makeshift Everest ER she's about to give a master class in medical improvisation. All documented by a film. What was his condition when he finally did arrive he was gravely ill kiwis blew he was gasping to breathe. You could hear the bubbling in his chest without a stethoscope. Because blood is literally blinking and cooling and is alive sing along and scout and you can't actually drown right. People drown in their own blood and and it's the most common cause of death. At high altitude. Now doctor freer is scrambling to figure out what to do and the situation is becoming more dire by the moment. Crew took with the PLO to. He was the closest to death I've ever seen of somebody with a high altitude pulmonary edema. What's the normal treatment for it high flow oxygen will help reverse the process. Unfortunately. And and austere settings you don't have unlimited oxygen and what kind of medications to she kept him. We gave him everything I could think. That would decrease the blood pressure and belongs her skills pushed to limits even doctor Sean Murphy would find daunting where you just make Canada as you were gone a little bit. At that point I felt like they are throw everything at this guy he's gonna die. The answer a little blue pill that's come to many a man's assistance. We used Viagra Viagra and yeah. By anger was first developed as a medication to decrease blood pressure in the lines. Oh really amend its more lucrative. Side benefit became known in this situation Jill needs a pill every six hours did it work and somebody might ask you. Why did you have Viagra on Mount Everest we had a specifically for that because we knew we have limited supplies of oxygen. But there was still the matter of Joe's severe dehydration. Heat urgently needs IV fluids. And in the zero degrees spring temperatures and Everest that night that's a tall order but. Especially when the tenth power generator briefly goes down. How did you keep the IV liquids from phrasing. That's been something that took me a couple of years to figure out this is so fluid we've just warmed it up. In a pan of hot water and it's nice and warm and but the problem is it's gonna freeze in this tubing and we want to minimize the that he lost that's what we improvised. Is putting it through the sleeve up a friend. So than the tubing runs along their body. Right everybody's wearing down jackets and why not use all this body heat its captain and jackets. The idea had worked but Joseph wasn't out of danger yet I turned around his expedition leader and I said start working on a helicopter. She needs to go to somebody. As night turns to date Joseph desperately needs to get to a hospital. But helicopter rescue at that altitude is impossible the Airways to send so sure 'cause most improvise as well. On doctor Frears requested they take turns carrying Joseph 5000 feet down the mountain where he can be safely flown to the nearest hospital. Before returning to lives I've told ran many times I. Raising my daughter alone wasn't for her. He's light had been spared that night on the deadly mountain biting her relics of a savvy quick thinking wilderness doctor. Unafraid to think out of the box which she was able to do and what she was able. To come up with is not part of medical training. That's instinct that's on par with the ability to. Rescue soldier. Nine months later the Hughes Stanley had a chance to express. Appreciation. That means your doctor. The moment seems unlikely absolutely. Tara little land is now was spirited twelve year old. She's grown up immersed in the open floor of her parents journey to Mount Everest hoping one day to have the chance to embrace her namesake. I think you're gonna be lost or aids because it's gonna be my first time seeing the woman who saved my dad's life and control my mom as she is pregnant with me. And last week. We brought everyone together. We have a little something that we want to show you good season both ways. Oh my. Com home sales and it's. Clear US. Are. Thank you. And locally Leonard. Snap. Beans Milo and link.

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