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Climber rescued from Everest's 'death zone' grateful for second chance at life

Updated: May 29, 2007, 9:13 AM ET
By Binaj Gurubacharya | Associated Press

KATMANDU, Nepal — A Nepalese woman who escaped Mount Everest's "death zone'' with little more than frostbite said Sunday her rescuers saved her life after finding her sick and unconscious on the world's highest mountain.

It took a team of mountaineers and precision planning to get 22-year-old Usha Bista back to base camp after they discovered her at 27,880 feet suffering from cerebral edema, or swelling of the brain, which can be fatal if left untreated at a high altitude.

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