Early this morning I was picked up at ABC (18,500') and flown back to Kathmandu via Lukla. After battling a stomach bug since 4/12 my condition reached a point that did not allow me to remain with the team. I consulted with several of Global Rescues doctors on the 23rd and the conclusion was that I needed to be off the mountain. Once back at Kathmandu I spent time in the CIWEC Hospital. After many tests, lots of IV fluid (3.3 liters), & some pretty effective pain medications I was released to continue my recovery at the Y&Y Hotel to continue on antibiotics for several more days. A bacterial infection, inflamed lower stomach & intestines had led to significant dehydration and finally HACE. The doctors recommendation was absolutely correct. I can't say enough about how good and professional Global Rescue was throughout this process. Peak Promotion has also provided excellent support when I got out of the Hospital in Kathmandu. Also the doctors and staff at CIWEC Hospital were really good.
I will continue to stay in touch with the climbing team and wish them a safe & successful climb. I will be flying home on 4/29.