A WEST Wight woman is to travel to Everest to take part in pioneering research into the effects a lack of oxygen has on the human body.
Sarah Fenwick, a coach, sports psychologist and motivational speaker, has been selected as a volunteer for Xtreme Everest 2013 — a high altitude medical research experiment in the Himalayas.
Sarah, of Hamstead Road, Yarmouth, will give up four weeks to undergo an array of extreme physical tests, carried out by a team of scientists, intensive care doctors and nurses.
Hypoxia is the life-threatening condition caused by a lack of oxygen reaching the body’s vital organs and sufferers often end up in an intensive care unit (ICU).
The researchers aim to use the experiments to develop therapies to improve the survival rates of critically ill patients.
Sarah, 53, will fly to Nepal on March 20, where she will trek for 12 days to Everest base camp.
During the trek, she will be pushed to exhaustion, at different altitudes — from 4,600ft in Kathmandu to 17,575ft at Everest, where oxygen levels are half of that at sea level. There will be a further three days of physical testing at base camp.
Sarah said: "I have some trepidation about the expedition but I’m excited about the benefits it could bring to ICU patients. Having seen my mother under an oxygen mask in ICU, I’m really excited to be involved in this leading-edge research."
l Sarah is appealing for help to fund her £2,700 trip and a contribution towards the research. Donations can be made through Just Giving page: http://
www.justgiving.com/Sarah-FenwickXE2 or by calling her on 01983 760340.