Para-Monte – Blog

Tell us about your experiences whilst travelling at altitude, it’s important to share your stories. If it keeps other travellers informed and therefore, more aware of any potential dangers and risks, then our ‘Para-Monte’s’ main vision will keep moving forward…………
Thank you.

28 Jan 17 – App Launch & Brighton University £10.000 for Altitude Research

An important day for Para-Monte.
Thanks to all who came,shared and supported our charity raising Altitude Awareness.
It means the world to us….Much Love The Savorys.

Brighton University mail to all their members of staff – By Ash Willmott

Hi All,

Last Saturday 28th January 2017 the University of Brighton’s Sport & Exercise Science department held a charity event for Para-Monte to present the University with a cheque of £10,000. The donation will be used over the forthcoming months to raise the profile of the charity, raise awareness and educate schools, colleges and the wider community about the effects of altitude illness, and to fund research into assessing individual response to acute and chronic altitude exposure.

Over 50 people from the surrounding area attended the event, in addition to local BBC South East, Herald newspaper, and the Eastbourne Buzz who have all reported on the event through radio, television and online media. There was a presentation provided by Dr Neil Maxwell on altitude exposure and I presented on the plan of action for the donation. This was followed by lab demonstrations with the new equipment donated to the University followed by speeches and the cheque presentation. Hospitality was put on by the Starting Gate which was funded by the ECHO grant scheme.

This has been a huge team effort to organise and plan with many thanks going to the finance team, marketing team, reprographics, ECHO team, PhD/TI/MSc/BSc students, the Starting Gate, SESCU and academic members of staff. Para-Monte are keen for a long lasting relationship with the university (you can read their feedback and see the impact already provided below), where together we can help prevent those visiting altitude from suffering the sometimes fatal consequences of altitude illnesses. They are keen in time to invest again and to a far greater sum, so there is real opportunity here, not least for the impact of our research to be evidenced and importantly for some real legacy to come from Adam’s death.

If you would like to have a listen, read about the event/charity, or watch a short video please find all the links to the various media outputs below. Para-Monte are releasing a Altitude Awareness App in the next few weeks in which it will be trialled here in the labs first. I hope you enjoy reading/watching this story which will have a true impact on the University, Charity and surrounding community,

Please pass onto your friends and other colleagues, all the best,

Ash

BBC South East News Radio and TV clip which was aired Sunday evening at 6pm and 10:30pm (at minute 1:40) will be available for us online soon.

Eastbourne Buzz video and a news blog on their website;
http://www.eastbournebuzz.co.uk/eastbourne-news.php?eastbourne-news-reports=2831&&Eastbourne-Charity-Presents-10k-For-Altitude-Research

University of Brighton news blog;
http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/sasm/2017/01/30/raising-the-stakes-on-altitude-sickness/

Para-Monte (webpage https://paramonte.org/) was set up in memory of Adam Savory. Adam was a fit and healthy 25-year old who on a trip to Peru lost his life to altitude sickness which developed following a 15-hour bus trip to the city of Cusco (you can read his story and find further information on the charity here).

Thank you from Para-Monte =

“Dear Ash, Neil, Mark & other colleagues

The Para-Monte Trustees would like to express sincere thanks and appreciation for all your painstaking preparation, hard work and consideration, covering our joint event on Saturday; as well as passing on a thank you to all the students and bar persons, both in providing guidance and hospitality.

Since Saturday, we have literally had thousands of hits and views on both face book and website. Feedback has been tremendous as well as humbling and we feel much of that praise is resultant from your efforts on our behalf.

Our future link means further progress in research and hopefully even greater success.

Thanks again.
Chris, Jeannet, Emma
on behalf of the Board of Trustees”

Ash Willmott, BSc, part time Ph.D.
Sport and Exercise Science Consultancy Unit Officer

17th October 2015 – Updated Blog from Sophie

Please take a look at the latest blog from Sophie Rashad about her journey back from Cusco to London, and her visit to our family home. It was an honour to meet her and her mum and we are so grateful to have her as an advocate for Paramonte.

http://sophierashad.com/2015/09/15/para-monte-beyond-the-mountains/

We are delighted, overwhelmed but most of all relieved that our website has contributed to the decision made by Sophie’s family to get her safely down to sea level. One of our main aims as a charity is for Adam’s story to help other travellers acclimatise safely at altitude. Please read this e-mail, we received on 22 June 2015 from Sophie’s mum Sarah. Thank you.

I am compelled to contact you to offer thanks for your wonderful website.On Saturday 6 June 2015 our 18 year old daughter, Sophie, flew from London to Cusco with Real Gap.  She was planning to volunteer at a local school and trek Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and Puno over the following month.

On arrival in Cusco she was met by her lovely host family at the airport and they drove for 20 minutes to the house.  Within 90 minutes after landing in Cusco Sophie exhibited severe altitude sickness symptoms.   She was violently sick six times within 20 minutes and had an acute throbbing headache.  Shaking and tearful the host mother panicked and rushed Sophie to a nearby clinic where she was put on oxygen for four hours .  She started to improve and agreed to return to the house and was told she will feel better in a day or so.   She phoned me the following day crying saying that she felt so ill.  She couldn’t walk in a straight line nor put on her shoes.  She had no appetite and on speaking to her I recognised that her conversation was rambling and illogical.  Her breathing was obviously laboured and her head was still pounding.

My elder daughter Hannah, and myself frantically searched the internet for advice and it was apparent that she needed to be moved out of Cusco immediately.  However, the travel gap company and emergency insurance people were reluctant to take this seriously. We were constantly told she will get better tomorrow and that everyone adjusts in a day or so.   Everyone seemed to be taking this very lightly but after having spoken to Sophie it was obvious to us, her family, that she was becoming incapable of making rational decisions due to the severity of the altitude sickness.   We pushed and pushed from this end for her to be readmitted to hospital. When she was finally admitted the doctor stated that she need oxygen for 24 hours.  It was then we took the decision for my husband to fly that day to Cusco himself to get Sophie out.  It was obvious that she was not acclimatising at all and it was dangerous for her to stay any longer.

When he arrived the following day at the airport, Sophie, even having been on oxygen for 24 hours prior, whilst waiting for their flight out, was deteriorating fast.  However, they managed to get to Lima that night and Sophie immediately felt she could breathe – she realised how irrational and illogical her behaviour was Cusco and how fogged her thinking was.

Your website was hugely influential in our taking the decision to rescue  Sophie.  Looking back now, the Lake Louise Test, of which we were unaware, Sophie scored 15 within 90 minutes of landing in Cusco and even at the airport waiting to depart to Lima and after being on oxygen for 24 hours she was still scoring 7.

Your website is straight to the point and in an emergency it was very easy to gather information.  I really feel I have to thank you for setting up this site to inform people of the potential danger of altitude sickness and how rapidly it can affect suffers.  I think that most people are aware of altitude sickness  but are unaware it can be fatal within hours.

Sophie has written a blog about her experience and has put a link to your website to help raise awareness.  I will also be contacting the travel company requesting that they highlight this potential condition to future travellers.  I feel that Adam’s death was not in vain – his story and all the subsequent information you list on the site was an invaluable factor in our taking the important decision to get Sophie out of Cusco.  Especially as I did have moments of thinking that ‘tomorrow’ she would be better and that perhaps once home, Sophie would have huge regrets about leaving.  On reflection she said she knew instinctively she needed to leave Cusco but no one was taking her seriously and she was constantly being told that she would get better ‘tomorrow’ but as she was so weak she felt she had no one in Peru to help her.  Thank again for your wonderful website – without this information I am sure Sophie’s story would be very different.
Many thanks and all good wishes.

 

Para-Monte now has a Patron.

We are very honoured and proud to announce and share the fantastic news that we now have Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the world famous explorer, supporting our charity in our quest to raise awareness for Altitude Illnesses worldwide.
On our behalf we like to thank Sir Ranulph Fiennes for his amazing gesture.and all of you for your continual support.
The Savories xxxx
sir ranulp fiennes

 

BBC South East Today appearance on TV – Sat 14 June 14
We’d like to thank everyone for their overwhelming reactions to our BBC South East Today tv appearance and your loyal support.
All ‘Living the Years’ for our Adam.
Much Love, The Savorys xxxx

Kilimanjaro challenge
Sarah’s monumental Kilimanjaro challenge raised a single handed £2295 for our charity.
Words are not enough to thank you, Sarah!

Para-Monte gained Charity Status on 11 January 2014
What a ‘Ridiculous’ amazing gift.
Thank you!

Quiz win
Third place for the Para-Monte David Lloyd Quiz team this month…..Well done !!

Christmas gift
Thank you Vicky and Speirsy and some staff at the DGH Eastbourne for their lovely Christmas gift to Para-Monte by donating their Christmas card money……..

Radio Listeners comment:
Firstly, my condolences to the family and praise for setting up this page. I have just listened to Radio One and the raising awareness of this horrid illness. I suffered altitude sickness in Tibet and although my symptoms were similar to those mentioned during the programme, my initial symptom was the feeling I was walking on sponges. I kept saying to my husband how amazingly soft the carpet was. It felt as though the carpet was about 4″ deep. All logical thought process had gone and those around me watched as within a very short period of time, about an hour, I went from ‘normal’ to totally illogical. Only then did the dreadful headache, nausea, dizzyness etc kick in. I would be grateful if on your flyer, you could mention that the onset of this illness can manifest in unexpected ways and that those around the individual must be aware that altered behaviour can be one of the first signs.Thanks.

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6 Responses to Para-Monte – Blog

  1. Nanny says:

    Beautifull site great it here now
    You all have done so much proud of you all
    love Nanny

  2. savory4 says:

    Reblogged this on Para-Monte and commented:

    Firstly, my condolences to the family and praise for setting up this page. I have just listened to Radio One and the raising awareness of this horrid illness. I suffered alitude sickness in Tibet and although my symptoms were similar to those mentioned during the programme, my initial symptom was the feeling I was walking on sponges. I kept saying to my husband how amazingly soft the carpet was. It felt as though the carpet was about 4″ deep. All logical thought process had gone and those around me watched as within a very short period of time, about an hour, I went from ‘normal’ to totally illogical. Only then did the dreadful headache, nausea, dizzyness etc kick in. I would be grateful if on your flyer, you could mention that the onset of this illness can manifest in unexpected ways and that those around the individual must be aware that altered behaviour can be one of the first signs.

  3. g.c. - diny van dijk-Stolte says:

    Hope in 2014 para-monte will get out even more awareneness, in many many ways! Like the bike-tour to do some fundraising to be able to make the awareness bigger and bigger etc. etc.

    It’s so important, the awareness! Thinking about Adam and all, who will always miss him as their dear son, brother and friend. Love to my sister Jeannet and Chris, Emma and you all; Diny 🙂

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