Intv. with Canadian Everest climber who saved fellow mountaineer

SHOTLIST
May 28, 2007
1. Canadian Everest climber Meagan McGrath receiving flowers
2. McGrath with fellow mountaineer Ravi Chandran from Malaysia
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Meagan McGrath, mountain climber who rescued Usha Bista:
“As we brought her (Usha Bista) down (the mountain) she was not able to support her own weight and she kind of fell against the slope. And then as we brought her down further she started to became less conscious, I guess you could say to the point of mumbling. When I was sitting with her she passed out.”
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4. Usha Bista, who was rescued by McGrath on Mount Everest
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Meagan McGrath, mountain climber who rescued Usha Bista:
“Her condition was deteriorating to the point where I was very concerned that she would die. I was not sure what I was going to do at that time. But yeah, she was definitely deteriorating to the point of death basically. So I’m glad I was just one person who started the chain I suppose, but I am glad someone jumped (in).”
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6. Usha Bista, who was rescued by McGrath on Mount Everest.
May 28, 2007
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Meagan McGrath, mountain climber who rescued Usha Bista:
“I saved her life but she was also dying in my hands too. It was a very tenuous situation, where I did not have everything I needed to help her. So It was an interesting feeling where I was trying to think of the next thing I would do to try keep her alive.”
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8. Usha Bista being assisted as she walked out of the clinic where she was treated
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9. McGrath shows the position in which she found Bista
STORYLINE
A Canadian who risked her life to save a sick climber near the summit of Mount Everest was honoured on Monday by Nepal’s mountaineering community.
Meagan McGrath, a 29 year old, from Sudbury, Ontario, was honoured for saving Usha Bista, a female climber from Nepal who had fallen sick on the way to the summit on May 21.
McGrath, an aerospace engineer with the Canadian Air Force, was coming down after scaling the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) mountain when she came across Bista, who was suffering from cerebral edema, or swelling of the brain, which can be fatal if left untreated at a high altitude.
“As we brought her (Usha Bista) down (the mountain) she was not able to support her own weight and she kind of fell against the slope. And then as we brought her down further she started to became less conscious,” said McGrath.
She flew on Monday to Kathmandu, where she was honoured by the president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, Ang Tshering, who called her a hero for saving Bista’s life.
She was given bouquets and yellow scarfs used for special occasions.
McGrath said she thought Bista was going to die when she found her barely conscious and leaning on the snowy slopes at an altitude of about 8,300 metres (27,225 feet).
“I saved her life but she was also dying in my hands too. It was a very tenuous situation. I did not have everything I needed to help her,” she added.
“Her condition was deteriorating to a point where I was very concerned that she would die.”
McGrath was the first to come across Bista on the snowy trail and was then joined by another Western climber and his Sherpa guide. They called other climbers for help.
Several climbers already at the last camp, South Col at eight thousand metres (26,240 feet) rushed to help, calling doctors at a lower camp for advice on immediate treatment.
They wrapped her in a sleeping bag, tied her to a sled and dragged her down.
“I am glad I was the one person who started the chain I suppose, but I am glad someone jumped in,” McGrath said.
Bista has recovered, but is being treated for frostbitten fingers and toes.