It's been a while since we've heard from Joe Hughes and today you'll hear why. Shortly after he sent his last dispatch ("Patience"), Joe became very ill with HAPE or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema. It happened after he and his guide JJ has established the 3rd camp. They were making their way down to camp two, when Joe noticed he was having a harder, and harder time breathing. They pressed on, trying to make it down to the lower altitude of base camp. On the way, Joe passed out due to extreme oxygen deprivation. He was rushed to medical clinic base camp. You can read about how Dr. Luanne Freer saved Joe's life at www.basecampmd.com (see article, "Life Threatening HAPE" about Joe's rescue on 4/24/04). Eventually, Joe was strong enough to be taken to Khatmandu via helicopter. He spent five days in ICU in Khatmandu, before flying back to Newark last week. Joe is now recovering at home. In this dispatch, his last for a little while, Joe says a big thank you to all of his Audible listeners and his final song recommendation is Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds." He wants everyone to remember that climbing Everest is about following your dream, not all about reaching the summit.
Once Joe is feeling stronger, Audible hopes to record a follow up interview with Audible's founder and CEO, Don Katz. So, stay tuned!
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