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  • 'I did not come here to die'

  • Brian Smith, a 1988 South Medford High School graduate, is sending periodic e-mail dispatches to the Mail Tribune from Mount Everest, where he hopes to reach the summit by mid-May. The son of Larry and Linda Smith of Jacksonville, Brian Smith began his treacherous adventure when he arrived in Kathmandu March 28.
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  • Brian Smith, a 1988 South Medford High School graduate, is sending periodic e-mail dispatches to the Mail Tribune from Mount Everest, where he hopes to reach the summit by mid-May. The son of Larry and Linda Smith of Jacksonville, Brian Smith began his treacherous adventure when he arrived in Kathmandu March 28.
    In his last dispatch, dated Wednesday, Smith reported a medical emergency, having developed every alpine climber's worst nightmare, high-altitude pulmonary edema. Smith refers to the deadly condition as "HAPE," and the only cure is oxygen and a quick descent.
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