TED Talk: Medical miracle on Everest – By Ken Kamler
This Ted talk explains the dangers of Mount Everest and how severe the conditions are. On Kens fourth time up on Mount Everest a miracle accrued during the biggest storm ever seen on the mountain. There were 34 climbers and Ken was one of the medics. The winds were the strongest he had ever seen when they were close to reaching the summit and climbers were getting lost on the mountain and collapsing. Five climbers in total died on the mountain but there should have been six.
Beck Weathers was reported during the storm as dead, he had collapsed in the snow and couldn’t move his body at all. Then unexpectedly after one night and 2 days of lying in the snow he found the energy to lift himself up and find his way back to camp. When Ken asked him how he found the energy to get up after lying in the snow for so long he responded that he has a family to come home to and he wasn’t going to let himself die.
This Ted talk is very eye opening and teaches you a lot about survival in the toughest situations. It demonstrates how tough medical treatment is on the mountain but shows that in life risking situations your mind set could be the only thing that could save your life.
Kamler, Ken. Medical Miracle on Everest. March 18 2010.