Man survives climb to top of Mount Everest dies of mesothelioma

Imagine you make the climb all the way to the summit of Mount Everest and become deathly ill from oxygen deprivation and are left for dead, only to be rescued a day later and you survive the ordeal. An Australian mountaineer survived that very harrowing experience in 2006 only to die of mesothelioma several years later at the young age of 56. He had been diagnosed with the devastating disease only one year prior to his death.

Mesothelioma is a form of lung cancer that originates in the mesothelium, the protective lining that encloses many of the body’s internal organs. Exposure to asbestos is considered to be the main cause of this particular form of cancer. Once asbestos gets into the lungs and the body it can work slowly over time before its presence is made known and the disease can be properly diagnosed.

Mesothelioma is considered to be a fatal form of cancer; however advances in medical science can prolong and improve the quality of life for the victim’s by reducing the painful symptoms associated with the disease. Treatment for it can be a long-term and expensive process which might be why there are so many personal injury and wrongful death cases involving this cancer.

Sources said that the mountain climber was exposed to asbestos during a construction career early in his life. He is survived by his wife and two children who will no doubt miss him greatly. Although there is no amount of money that can replace the loss of a loved one, sometimes just knowing that those responsible for unnecessarily exposing so many people to this deadly material are held liable can help bring some closure to the families of the victims.

If you suspect you or a family member may have been exposed to asbestos at any time in your life inform your doctor for possible testing. If you are diagnosed with this cancer or related symptoms, you may also want to consult with an personal injury attorney experienced in mesothelioma cases to determine if you have a right to seek compensation for your medical expenses and any pain and suffering.

Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer, “Lincoln Hall, mountaineer left on Everest, dies,” Mar. 22, 2012