COVID Adventures: Getting Mom Out of Russia

COVID Adventures: Getting Mom Out of Russia
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Editor’s note: COVID-19 has not only canceled adventures, it has also led to some. Today, we feature the story of a climber dealing with a different sort of adventure: racing to get his ailing mother to a Western hospital before the lockdown. Russian-born John Stoukalo did climbing expeditions for 10 years in the Caucasus before emigrating to Australia. In 2006-7, he and a partner retraced Douglas Mawson’s 1912 Antarctic route. In recent years, he has focused on skiing and mountaineering in New Zealand. He has also climbed in Japan, Kazakhstan and South America. BY JOHN STOUKALO On February 24, we learned that my Mom had a 20cm blood clot in her femoral artery. After two weeks of seeing hopeless local doctors, she eventually got into the state hospital in Vladivostok, but treatment there was basically none. She was well on... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web



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