Rescued French climber likely to face amputation

ANI | Updated: Jan 30, 2018 12:12 IST

Pakistan [Islamabad], Jan 30 (ANI): French climber Elisabeth Revol, who was rescued from Pakistan's Nanga Parbat nicknamed "Killer Mountain", with the help of an elite climbing team from Poland is likely to face an amputation.

Doctor had suggested that her toes could be amputated because of frostbite damage, the Dawn reports, citing the sources as claiming.

However, her family wants to get a second medical opinion from a doctor in France before proceeding with any surgery">surgery.

Revol is currently being treated by plastic surgeon Dr Mamunur Rasheed at a private hospital in Islamabad.

"There are two possibilities right now - the mountaineer can be treated in Pakistan after getting a medical opinion or a medical team may arrive from France. The other option is that she can be shifted to France for treatment. We have been providing general treatment to ensure that the leg is not damaged any further," said an official.

According to the Deutsche Welle, Elisabeth Revol and Tomasz Mackiewicz were climbing Nanga Parbat, when they got stuck at 7,400m (24,280ft) on Friday.

They both had called for help on a satellite phone from Pakistan's second highest peak.

Mackiewicz was reported to be in a critical condition after developing frostbite and snow blindness, while Revol also reported frostbite.

Revol helped her polish companion to set up a tent before descending to get help.

The elite Polish climbers who were attempting a first winter ascent of the nearby K2 mountain when they stopped their own climb and joined the rescue effort.

Pakistani military helicopter teams flying over Nanga Parbat saw Revol at 6,700 meters during daylight on Saturday. She managed to send a text message, saying, "I keep going down, please helico tomorrow".

The elite climbers found Revol on the 8,126-meter (26,660-foot) Nanga Parbat.

"!!! Elisabeth #Revol found !!!", the Polish winter climbing team said on Facebook on Sunday.

However, the search for Mackiewicz has been called off. (ANI)