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Hiker Escaped Death While Trekking At Hehuanshan Mountain In Taiwan

A doctor in Taichung warned hikers regarding the possibility of altitude sickness when hiking through mountains. A 24-year-old Taiwanese college student narrowly escaped death on Hehuanshan due to altitude sickness.

The student and its group planned on summiting their first mountain which is 3km higher above sea level, midway through the trek, the student began experiencing symptoms of altitude sickness like shortness of breath, headaches and dizziness.

Luckily one of the hikers have medication which he got for check up before trekking up, the medication just saved the student's life.

The thin air at higher altitudes is the primary cause of altitude sickness. Even a hiker is physically fit, there are still chances for the body’s inability to adapt to the rise in elevation, according to the physician at Asia University Hospital’s department of family medicine.

Altitude sickness is potentially deadly with more than 25% of hikers on Jade Mountain in Taiwan shows signs of acute mountain sickness, including headaches, dizziness, fatigue and nausea.


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