/ NEW ARTICLE: Accident in Afghanistan: Head Injury High on the Mountain
"...he had lost the vision in his left eye, describing it as milky and cloudy with a strange sensation of pressure... that probably meant a bleed inside his skull somewhere. We had to accept that he might deteriorate and die..."
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=5984
Wow, quite a tale! Thanks, Rich, for sharing it. Glad Richmond made it home, that helmet photo is quite scary.
Oh, and congratulations!
We're having a very namby pamby discussion about first aid on another thread at the moment. For my part, I'm a bit embarrassed about it now.
It sounds like Richmond self-stabilised, but were there any medical interventions that you made which you felt made a difference? Or was it just a question of general support and a lot of silent prayer? Whichever, just getting yourselves out of there was some achievement - and something which you're being overly modest about. How's Richmond getting on?
Even tough old beggars need support - clearly Richmond wouldn't have got off that mountain himself. Looking at the outcome, whatever you did was clearly effective.
Out of interest, do you know what the final diagnosis was in Richmond's case?
Ouch. Never nice to read of a head injury. How is the chap doing?
I believe he's doing fine. He has, since that trip, survived some personal attention from a hippopotamus and (a) some crocodiles. He's a serial adventurer and New Zealander/ South African: those guys don't discuss feelings and how sore they are. That would suggest he's in good enough shape though.
Good to hear!
Scary and impressive stuff.
gripping story, thanks for posting it.
What the last guy said - Impressive, thanks for sharing.
Glad to hear he is OK, that helmet picture didn't promise such a positive end of story. I believe there was no time to take a picture of that tiny piece of rock that caused it. Definitely good job done by the helmet.
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