Roger honoured by Queen's
Roger at the top of Everest with a Friends
A LISBURN medical graduate who recently scaled Everest as
part of a research expedition and saved a young Nepalese woman's
life en route was honoured by Queen's University this week. -
Dr Roger McMorrow and colleague Dr Nigel Hart are this
year's joint winners of the University's Graduate of the Year
While in Nepal in May as part of a medical research team they
saved the life of 22-year-old Nepalese climber Usha Bista.
Nigel, a past pupil of Friends School, and Roger were taking
part in an expedition to research the effects of low oxygen in
the blood and helped set up the world's highest medical
They took the first ever measurements of
oxygen in human blood at severe altitude.
This experiment will enable researchers to
more fully understand hypoxia - lack of oxygen on the blood - a
plight faced by many patients in intensive care hospital wards
around the world.
Delivering the citation, President of Queen's
Graduates Association Bernard Fitzpatrick said: "It was on their
way to the summit that the drama unfolded. Usha Bista was found
almost unconscious and suffering from cerebral oedema, or
swelling of the brain, which can be fatal if left untreated at
high altitude. Nigel was part of the group at Camp 4 that first
treated Usha before she was taken to Camp 3 where Roger became
involved with her care. From there she was moved to base camp
before a helicopter delivered her to a hospital in Katmandu.
"Without the intervention of Nigel, Roger and
others, Usha would undoubtedly have died. Thankfully, apart from
frostbite, Usha suffered no other injuries or permanent damage.
In an interview with Associated Press in Katmandu, she praised
her rescuers saying she was 'indebted to them for life'."
He added: "For their courageous achievement in conquering
Everest, for their role in the ground-breaking scientific
experiments undertaken in the process but more notably for their
heroic contribution to the rescue and treatment of Usha Bista,
Dr Nigel Hart and Dr Roger McMorrow are very worthy recipients
of this honour."