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Have you heard of Khumbu cough?
It’s also known as high-altitude hack and is named after a region in the Himalayas around Mount Everest. (link at the end of this post – if you are interested)
The debilitating Khumbu cough can be so severe it can cause you to break ribs.
I developed a severe cough when I was doing a story in the Himalayas on the 50-th anniversary of the Hillary-Tenzing climb.
I still remember the angry chorus of coughs and curses throughout the camp in the dark of night.
I’m not saying I suffered from the “badge-of honour” Khumbu cough – but the hacking cough meant I couldn’t sleep and lack of sleep make me weak and weakness meant I couldn’t walk and not being able to walk meant I couldn’t work and do my job.
I was coughing up a white toothpaste-foam-like substance.
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