A DOCTOR from Lisburn hopes to be standing on
top of the world late this month when he joins a tear tackling
Mount Everest on S Patrick's Day.
Dr Roger McMorrow, a former pupil Friend
School, will be part of a three-man team aim ing to climb the
world's highest peak as pa of the Caudwell Xtreme Everest
medical study, which will focus on the effects of low oxygen on
Two of the team will be testing a new close
circuit breathing system designed by E McMorrow, which removes
exhaled carbo dioxide and allows the remaining oxygen t be
Dr McMorrow said the new system was designed
to assist patients ranging from chidren with cystic fibrosis to
adults wit chronic lung disease.
It would allow anyone dependent on supple
mentary oxygen to be as mobile as possible. "Where better to
test the new CXE Close Circuit system than in one of the world
most inhospitable locations - Mount Everest where there's less
then half the amount of oxygen that exists at sea level," said E
"We will be putting the new equipment t the
test in an extreme environment for th world to see. The timing
is interesting as this year is the 100th anniversary of the
first use of supplementary oxygen for climbing " he said.