October 10, 2008

Doug Back to Peak Fitness

HILL walker Doug Smith took on Everest just 18 months after a cancer operation.

The 66-year-old, who is originally from Kirkby, headed to the Himalayas 18 months after eight hours of keyhole surgery to remove his oesophagus at Fazakerley hospital.

He said: "I have always wanted to do something different and Everest was certainly that. We were all ages and nationalities - they called me 'Grandad', but I had no problems with altitude.

"It took us 12 days to trek to Kala Pattha, (the highest point you can reach without a licence), but only four days to come down! I couldn't have done it at all if it hadn't been for the skill of surgeon Milind Shrotri and his team."

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