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Reason why Aussie Mount Everest climber Jason Kennison died


Australian man Jason Kennison died of altitude sickness while climbing the world’s highest mountain for charity.

The tour operator which helped organised Kennison’s trip said in a letter to the Nepalese Government that the 40-year-old had high altitude cerebral edema (HACE), the ABC reported.

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HACE, characterised by impaired coordination, fatigue, and altered mental state, is a potentially fatal condition where a lack of oxygen causes the brain to swell.

Kennison was climbing Mount Everest to raise money for Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, after having learnt how to walk again following a serious car crash.

He reached the mountain’s peak and was making his way down with two guides when he died on Friday, May 19.

Asian Trekking manager Sanjaya Baral Kaju said the guides had to leave his body in the mountain’s Balcony Area because of bad weather.

Jason Bernard Kennison has died on Mt Everest in Nepal. Credit: Supplied

Kennison’s family described him as an inspiration and full of life.

“He would put his mind to something, set a goal and achieve it,” his family said in a statement.

“Whether that be playing footy as a kid, winning motocross races, working around the world in the mining industry and in high-risk environments.”

Kennison was a South Australian who was living in Perth at the time of his death.

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Source: 7News