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Mrs South Africa airlifted to hospital from Mount Everest

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Mrs South Africa, Nicole Capper, has been airlifted to Kathmandu hospital in Nepal, after experiencing respiratory complications during a Mount Everest expedition.

The 32-year-old mother of two, set out on the 18-day expedition on 4 April in an attempt to raise money for Rare Diseases South Africa. She was joined by seven South African trekkers on the journey.

The group had all safely reached base camp on Saturday and had begun their decent the following day. They are expected to reach the ground on Thursday.

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EVEREST BASE CAMP We DID IT!!!!!! As a team. Yesterday we completed the trek to Everest Base Camp. 5364m. It was a dream come true, and I stood there with a team of trekking warriors beside me, and a team of #RareWarriors in my heart. Thank you for being part of this journey. And for being part of my team. You all make me brave. Thank you to each and every kind soul who donated towards making @rarediseasessa patients’ lives better. You are phenomenal ❤️🇿🇦🏔 Thank you to my generous sponsors for getting me to #RareHeights: @mandy.peacock @brayfoil #BodyRevivalInstitute . . . #everestbasecamptrek #everestbasecamp We made it to base camp on the day of #winniemandela’s memorial, and so we remembered the mother of our nation.

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According to felow climber Sarel Nong, Nicole started to experience high altitude sickness on Monday night.

He told the SABC: “We were still 4000m above sea level. We are only getting 50% of normal oxygen. She was airlifted this morning to Kathmandu hospital and we are expecting her to recover soon.”

Speaking to The Juice, Mrs South Africa Media Officer Lisa Madibe said that Nicole had mentioned she “had a cold” during her last check-in.

She added: “We are glad she is stable and trust she will be fine.”

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